In the wake of her canceled Strikeforce
debut, Cat Zingano
is headed back to
Invicta Fighting Championships for an Oct. 6 bantamweight
showdown with Raquel
Invicta FC 3.
Zingano was initially slated to face Leslie
Smith at the event before she was pulled from that bout in
order to square off with Amanda
Nunes at Strikeforce “Melendez vs. Healy” on Sept. 29. However,
that show was called off Sunday night after headliner Gilbert
Melendez withdrew from his lightweight title defense against
Healy due to injury. According to the official release, Invicta
then offered to hold the Zingano-Nunes bout on Oct. 6, but a late
injury to Nunes rendered the offer moot.
As a result, Zingano now faces Pennington, whose original opponent,
Connor-Hamby, was also injured. The all-female promotion’s
third effort takes place at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kan., and
is headlined by a 105-pound title bout between Jessica
Penne and Naho
Sugiyama. The event streams live on InvictaFC.com.
“We are excited about bringing Cat back into the fold and to be
able to give her the opportunity to compete on an Invicta FC card
after preparing as much as she did for her scheduled fight with
Amanda,” said Invicta FC President Shannon Knapp.
Unbeaten through six professional contests, Zingano, 30, fought
three times in 2010, besting Barb
Coleman and Strikeforce vet Carina Damm.
“Alpha” competed just once last year, knocking out onetime
Smackgirl 128-pound titlist Takayo
Hashi with a slam to capture the Fight to Win flyweight title.
Zingano has not fought since.
Pennington, meanwhile, has posted a 3-1 pro record after compiling
a 7-1 mark as an amateur. The 24-year-old made her Invicta FC debut
on July 28, outpointing Sarah Moras
at the promotion’s sophomore show. Most recently, Pennington
Pa’aluhi on Sept. 8, submitting the Hawaiian with a first-round
guillotine choke under the Destiny MMA banner.