Former UFC bantamweight title contender Cat Zingano signs with Bellator

"Alpha" will compete at 145 pounds but first opponent and debut date still under wraps

“Alpha” Cat Zingano (10-4-0), who once challenged for the UFC bantamweight title, is now a member of the Bellator women’s featherweight roster.

ESPN first reported the deal on Tuesday.

Zingano, 37, went 3-4-0 in the UFC from April 2013 to December 2018. She collected some big wins, finishing former champion Miesha Tate at the TUF 17 Finale and current champion Amanda Nunes at UFC 178. Some untimely injuries delayed a title shot until UFC 184 in February 2015, where she lost to Ronda Rousey and her patented armbar submission in 14 seconds.

Zingano continued to struggle with injuries for the rest of her tenure while going 1-3-0, which included a controversial eye injury TKO loss to Megan Anderson, which she tried to appeal. She was released by the UFC in August after being unable to come to terms.

No financial details were released by Bellator.

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