Cat Zingano has endured a lot over the past 18 months, from losing out not only on her title shot against Ronda Rousey but also the opportunity to coach opposite her on TUF 18 last year due to a serious knee injury, through to the death of her husband at the start of the year.

With that in mind it’s great to see that Zingano appears to now be ready to get back to doing what she does best, with her next fight now scheduled against Amanda Nunes at UFC 178 on September 27th.

Prior to her injury Zingano had claimed a major TKO victory over Miesha Tate in her UFC debut and sports a perfect 8-0 record. Despite her long layoff she’s still ranked as the current No.1 contender in the woman’s bantamweight division.

At the weekend she competed in a submission grappling match-up at the UFC Fan Expo and showed that she’s still as dangerous as ever by pulling off a flying armbar submission (check it out in the video at the bottom of this post!).

In Zingano’s absence, former Strikeforce fighter Nunes burst onto the UFC scene in 2013 with two TKO victories, each coming in the first round, which suggests that the 9-3 Brazilian fighter is also capable of being a major force in the division.

UFC 178 will be headlined by Jon Jones Vs Alexander Gustafsson II, while Dominick Cruz Vs Takeya Mizugaki and Tim Kennedy Vs Yoel Romero have also been confirmed in the past 24 hours for the Las Vegas show.

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