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Not From Concentrate: Zingano Implies Cyborg is Juiced Up

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Former UFC title contender Cat Zingano will return to the cage on March 11, but it won’t be against current Bellator featherweight champion Cris Cyborg

While the fight never materialized when both fighters were with the UFC, Cyborg and Zingano have expressed an interest in facing off under the Bellator banner. Many thought the bout was all, but signed, however, Zingano confirmed on Twitter that she will have a different opponent for March 11 and hurled some big accusations toward Cyborg.

“Hearing Cris Cyborg is refusing to drug test,” Zingano wrote on Twitter. “I have been told my opponent and that it’s a number one contender match set for March 11. That’ll give someone plenty of time to get their sh*t together enough to fight me by summer.”

Cris Cyborg responded to Zingano’s accusations on Twitter

“Cat why are you lying? I haven’t refused any drug tests. I’m ready whenever you are. Behind the scenes you keep saying to Bellator you need more time to prepare for me, you need a different opponent first, now you go on social media with lies and smear campaigns and excuses? Sad.”

Cyborg provided some additional comments on the situations while appearing on The Catch-Up with James Lynch.

“I have accepted a fight with her but it got declined so we are waiting to see what is next for me,” said Cyborg “I have asked Bellator about [March 11], I am open to this date. I don’t choose my opponents. For me, everyone is saying that Cat Zingano is going to be next. So when she announced she was going to fight 11th, okay, so it’s us. But I hear she wants to do one more fight before our fight.”

Zingano (12-4) debuted for the promotion in Sept. 2020 and earned a unanimous decision victory over Gabrielle Holloway. That following April she scored a submission win over Olivia Parker. With two straight, ‘Alpha’ was primed for a shot at Cyborg’s title.

Cyborg (25-2) is considered one of, if not the best female fighter in MMA history. Since joining Bellator in 2020, she has dispatched all four of her opponents via knockout or submission. In her last outing, she defeated Sinead Kavanagh by KO in 92 seconds. 

There is no doubt that these two warriors are on a collision course. Unfortunately, we may have to wait just a bit longer for ‘Alpha’ and Cyborg to finally square off inside the cage. 


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