- Category: Boxing & MMA
- Published Saturday, February 28, 2015
- Toronto Sun
As far as her opponent’s camp is concerned, UFC bantamweight Cat Zingano’s mentality can be summed up in one word.
“Desperate, I would say,” Ronda Rousey’s trainer Edmond Taverdyan told mmafighting.com.
“One word would be desperate. She’s always looking for that win and she just all of a sudden, she walks in there and throws a flying knee or a kick. Everything she does, she’s desperate for it. When people are losing a little bit and they want to do something to get that win, at the end to survive in there and get that victory, I feel like she does that every second. So that makes her a bit dangerous.”
Zingano is looking to grab the bantamweight title from Rousey in the UFC 184 headline fight at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Saturday night.
Taverdyan and his prized client have spent some time going over Zingano’s fight tapes and the trainer says there is a weakness to Zingano’s game that might be tougher to combat than any move or technique improvement.
Apparently, the bantamweight challenger runs too hot coming into the ring.
“She’s walking in there so emotional and that could be a reason why she’s a little different in the first round,” Tarverdyan said. “She gets those (emotions) down and becomes a bit normal, back to what she’s good at. That’s why she performs better in the second and third round. It’s pretty cool that she has that comeback spirit. But why it’s like that? It’s their job to work on that. You can be the best in the first round and Ronda is still gonna get the best of you.”
And also being the top-class fighter Rousey is, she will be looking to take advantage of the raw emotion Zingano brings to the ring.
“I’m not gonna tell anybody what happens, because I want everybody to come and watch what (Rousey’s) skills are because she has a surprise for everybody,” Taverdyan said. “She has some new tricks.”
It’s been well documented that Rousey has a ton of respect for what Zingano brings to the ring. Taverdyan repeated that sentiment.
“(Zingano’s) record shows she’s undefeated and she knows how to win. If your record is 8-0, 9-0, whatever it is, that means she knows how to win.”
DOING THE MATH
Gleison Tibau has been in the UFC since 2006, when he debuted with a second-round TKO loss to Nick Diaz. In that time he has wracked up a 17-8 record in the lightweight division but has nothing to show for it.
One thing for sure is his displeasure for not getting enough respect in the division.
“I can’t believe that with all the fights I have in the UFC, I’m not ranked,” Tibau told MMAjunkie.com on the eve of his UFC 184 fight with Tony Ferguson.
Some would argue the lineup of fighters he’s faced over the last few months is underwhelming, to say the least.
He beat Norman Parke by unanimous decision, bested Piotr Hallman by spilt decision and Pat Healy via unanimous decision.
Not exactly the cream of the crop, nor convincing wins, and the lightweight knows he needs to be better.
“In reality, I’m not too satisfied with these results, despite these being tough opponents,” Tibau said. “I looked for the knockout, but the opportunities weren’t there. I can’t make mistakes. If I do, they’ll catch me. I have to be very exact and try to finish my opponents.”
He figures the last three fights will make him a better brawler in the end, and, maybe, shoot him into some sort of ranked position.
“Not getting the finishes further encourages me to go back to my academy and train even harder, learn more, train with younger fighters, and learn from them,” the Brazilian brawler said. “A finish didn’t come in the last three fights, but I’m not lowering my head. I’m looking to renew my game with every fight. My greatest moments have yet to happen. I aim to make both the fans and the UFC happy with my performances.”
Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times tweeted out that Rousey will get US$65,000 in guaranteed purse money and $65,000 more with a win. Cat Zingano is rumoured to be receiving $100,000 in guaranteed purse and an additional $100,000 for a win. But don’t feel too sorry for the bantamweight champ because her back-end cut is rumoured to be a cool $1 million dollars ... UFC welterweight Josh Koscheck id advocating for a fighters union. “As a fighter, there is no retirement,” Koscheck told MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani. “There should be pension for all of us fighters. I think we make the sport go around and with fighters there in UFC. I advise all fighters to do things outside the octagon with their money instead of buying toys.”