Ronda Rousey confident going into match against Cat Zingano

It seems Ronda Rousey has more than enough respect for her opponent.

Rousey will attempt to retain her bantamweight-title belt when she faces Cat Zingano at UFC 184 from the Staples Center in Los Angeles next Saturday night.

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“She not one of those fighters that can be intimidated, so I won't even bother,” Rousey said about Zingano. “She's not one of those people (that gets behind) in a fight and then you can count on her beating herself (in the end).”

The champ went on to mention she has a ton of respect for the resiliency Zingano displayed in her recent victories over Miesha Tate and Amanda Nunes.

But the challenger says she's just a bit different than the average fighter in the bantamweight division.

“I know (Rousey) knows that (I'm different) and the whole promotion knows that,” Zingano said. “I have things to offer that people haven't seen before. I just have to be me and go out there with my intensity and my aggression. I'm unstoppable and I know that.”

But Rousey can only remain deferential for so long. After complimenting her opponents fighting style, something she rarely does, she got right back to the attitude that made her the title holder in the first place.

“I know she brings so many weapons to the table and I will be ready to deal with every single one of them,” Rousey said. “That's what makes it an exciting fight, is that there isn't one clear cut way to finish it, (but) I will find a way (to finish her).”

The champ can be somewhat self-serving at times, a right that she has a claim to, but Zingano likes the role she's in. There is no pressure on her. No expectations and that's something she's clearly relishing.

“Being the underdog, I like that, I do,” the five-foot-six bantamweight said. “It gives me the (opportunity) to prove (what I can do). It forces me to be authentic and pull out my best stuff. I think it's fine.”

We'll let Rousey have the last word.

“I'm still going to be the better fighter that night, regardless of what happens,” she said.

Speaking out

When the UFC announced they were overhauling it's drug testing procedures, they attracted some positive reviews from two of the top women in the organization.

“I'm encouraged,” said bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey. “The drug testing I underwent at 16 was more stringent than the testing I got as a world champ in MMA. Now, that they have started the random, out of competition drug testing, for everybody on the roster, is starting to become comparable to the US anti-doping agency. The USADA is a great model to follow.” Cat Zingano was pleased with the news, too. “I'd like for the matches to be as natural and organic as possible,” Zingano said. “I think it's fair and it's cool with me.”

Not a fighters game?

MMA bantamweight Holly Holm came up as a boxer and she can't help but wonder about the future of the sweet science from a female perspective.

“I'm super blessed and super proud of everything I got to experience in boxing, but it's sad there isn't enough following behind it,” Holm said. “If you're a female boxer, it's truly because you love it. I feel there should be more following behind (female boxing). It's amazing to see how much more attention, and how much more following and support, there is with MMA (and) I think it's going to stay there.

Nothing to be sorry for

Former UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva finally responded publicly to the stunning news of his positive test for steroids following his UFC 183 fight with Nick Diaz. In a two paragraph statement Silva released on his Instagram account, he mentioned his love of the sport and his love for country. In the second paragraph he went all conspiracy theory on everyone. “I don't know what to apologize for, because I am still waiting for the results and analysis from the specialists that are working to reveal the truth," Silva said. "Everything that I took since my injury are being analyzed. I look for the truth as much as all those who were surprised with the results. I always played clean, I was never a cheater."

Quick hits

Joanne Calderwood and Maryna Moroz are confirmed to fight each other in UFC Krakow on April 11 in Poland ... Former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir hopes his UFC Fight Night 61 headliner against Antonio Silva marks the beginning of one final dash for the title. “You have to set up long-term goals and short-term goals, and one of my long-term goals is to win the belt again,” Mir told MMAjunkie.


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