UFC chairman: Ronda Rousey-Cat Zingano fight deal nearly done
By: Lance Pugmire, LA Times
"Ultimate Fighting Championship Chairman Lorenzo Fertitta said late Friday he’s close to reaching a deal for women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey to fight top contender Cat Zingano on Jan. 3 in Las Vegas.
"'Cat is certainly the No. 1 contender, and I’m thinking that more than likely will happen,' Fertitta said.
"Zingano (9-0) is coming off a third-round technical knockout of Amanda Nunes on Sept. 27 in Las Vegas.
"Venice’s Rousey (10-0) has been dominant in recent fights, scoring first-round TKOs of Alexis Davis in July and Sara McMann in February.
"The Jan. 3 UFC card is headlined by the light-heavyweight title bout between champion Jon Jones and contender Daniel Cormier.
"In addition to Zingano, Fertitta believes the UFC has another qualified challenger to Rousey in summer signee Holly Holm, who was recently deemed recovered from a broken arm sustained in the spring and assigned a Dec. 6 fight against Colorado’s Raquel Pennington (4-4) in Las Vegas."
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