Zingano is set to face Pam Sorenson this weekend at Bellator 282. A win could assure her the next featherweight title shot against Cyborg after months of beef between the two of them.
Zingano accused Cyborg of dodging drug testing just months ago and she’s on the attack once again. During her Bellator 282 pre-fight press conference, Zingano revealed what she wants in order to agree to a matchup with Cyborg if she can get past Sorenson.
“Independent testing for both of us — [an] independent resource, just making sure there are no biases, there’s no people that we know, and just making sure everything is fair,” Zingano said. (h/t MMA Fighting)
Cyborg Doesn’t Care What Zingano Wants
After getting word of Zingano’s comments, Cyborg issued a heated response.
“Cat Zingano 9-0 with wins over Miesha and Nunes,” Cyborg said. “Enters USADA in 2015 and goes 1-4 competing. Now she’s 2-0 after leaving USADA and fighting on YouTube Friday night and thinks I care what she wants.”
Cyborg most recently dismantled Arlene Blencowe via a unanimous decision at Bellator 279. She earned the Bellator title in her second fight with the promotion after a rocky tenure with the UFC, finishing Julia Budd at Bellator 238.
Zingano, another former UFC standout, is looking to earn her first title in a major promotion. She last fought against Olivia Parker at Bellator 256, earning a first-round submission.
Independent drug testing isn’t a fixture of Bellator at present. They rely on state athletic commissions for regulation.
The bad blood continues to ramp up between Cyborg and Zingano, and things could reach a climax if Zingano is able to win this weekend and earn the next title shot.
Do you think Cat Zingano is right to request independent drug testing for a matchup with Cris Cyborg?