Cat Zingano will square off with Amanda Nunes in a women’s
bantamweight bout at
Strikeforce “Melendez vs. Healy.”
Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker recently announced the pairing, which
will take place at the Power Balance Pavilion in Sacramento,
Calif., on Sept. 29. The card is headlined by a lightweight title
showdown between reigning champion Gilbert Melendez and Strikeforce
veteran Pat Healy; the main card airs on Showtime, while
preliminary bouts will be shown on Showtime Extreme.
A veteran of the Ring of Fire promotion, Zingano is unbeaten in six
professional outings. The Colorado native last competed in May
2011, knocking out Takayo Hashi with a third-round slam at a
regional event in Denver. “Alpha” has finished all but one of her
career victims by knockout or submission.
Nunes, meanwhile, will be fighting for the third time under the
Strikeforce banner. The 24-year-old Brazilian debuted with the
promotion in January 2011, knocking out Julia Budd in 14 seconds at
Challengers 13 before falling to Alexis Davis via second-round TKO
nine months later. The “Lioness of the Ring” returned to her
winning ways in July, submitting Raquel Pa’aluhi in the opening
frame at Invicta FC 2.