BROOMFIELD – A local woman is hoping this weekends Ultimate Fighting Championship event turns in to a “Cat” fight.
Mixed martial arts. The ferocity of the sport matches the intensity of this moment.
“When the opportunity of a lifetime presents itself, you must act within the lifetime of that opportunity,” fighter Cat Zingano told 9NEWS.
She was raised in Colorado, she trains in Colorado. Now Zingano is preparing for the biggest fight of her life.
“I’m excited to go out and put on a great show,” she said.
For years, mixed martial arts biggest stage has been the Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC), but it wasn’t until this year that the UFC welcomed women to its octagon, and on Saturday night Zingano makes her debut with one goal in mind.
“To hopefully become a UFC world champion,” she said.
Miesha Tate is the opponent, beat her and Cat earns a shot at the UFC World Title, but that’s not all. To help promote that championship fight, Zingano would star as a coach on the UFC’s reality show The Ultimate Fighter. It’s a couple of big time opportunities on the line.
“I’m definitely not going to let them slip through my hands easily,” Zingano said with a smile.
She started as a wrestler at 12 years old and competed at Fairview high school and in to college.
“I had big goals of becoming an Olympian,” said Zingano.
But in 2005 that dream fizzled and as did her passion for the sport “I didn’t end on a note I’m proud of,” she said.
Now she’s back, this time in the octagon, and Cat feels like everything she’s done for the past 18 years has lead to this.
She’s got her chance.
“Greatness will happen,” said Zingano, “I’m meant to do something like this with my life.”
Can she make it her moment?