Cat Zingano or Cathilee Deborah Zingano is an American mixed martial artist who became the first woman to win a fight under the UFC via a technical knockout and this happened in April of 2013. Currently, she is ranks number 4 in the female bantamweight division and number 15 spot of the world’s pound-for-pound female fighter.
She was born on July 1, 1982 in Winona, Minnesota and started her career in combat sports at a very young age. At the tender age of 12, Zingano began training in wrestling. When Zingano was attending high school in Boulder, Colorado, she joined the wrestling team and also got involved in combat sports. It was during her college years in MacMurray College and the University of Cumberlands where she became a 4-time National and All-American Champion.
By 2007, the talented Zingano got in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. This was right after she had won several competitions including the Rio de Janeiro State Championships and the World Championships. A few months after that, she started her amateur career in mixed martial arts.
Zingano made her professional debut in mixed martial arts in the middle of 2008. She won her first game with Karina Taylor during the first round with the use of an armbar. Under the Ultimate Championship, she had the chance to win a one-time Fight of the Night. She was the first woman to ever win such an award.
Signed under the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Zingano has notable wins over Miesha Tate and Amanda Nune. However, she also has a 3-match losing streak against Ronda Rousey, Julianna Pena, and Ketlen Vieira. She won her last fight against Marion Reneau at UFC Fight Night 133 via a unanimous decision. At present, she boasts of an impressive mixed martial arts record of 13 fights with 10 wins and 3 losses.
Zingano is ranked fifth pound-for-pound female mixed martial arts fighter in the world by MMARising. Com. As of 2015, she is the third contender in the bantamweight rankings in the women’s division made by the UFC.