UFC: Winona native Cat Zingano gets back on the winning track
BOISE, Idaho — Cat Zingano got back to basics Saturday night.
The Winona native, former college wrestler and UFC women’s bantamweight set a record with seven takedowns in the first fight of the UFC Fight Night card at the CenturyLink Arena, and walked out with a unanimous decision win over seventh-ranked Marion Reneau.
Zingano, the sixth-ranked fighter in the women’s bantamweight, improved her record to 10-3, and picked up her first win since 2014.
In the first round, Zingano responded to a hard right hand by securing a takedown, but wasn’t able to do much with it. Reneau then pushed Zingano against the cage, and then pulled guard to give Zingano a second takedown in the round. Zingano got a third takedown in the final 12 seconds of the round, which likely swayed it her way.
Reneau landed a strong punch combination in the opening seconds of the second round, but Zingano again wrestled her to the mat. After a heavy leg kick wobbled Reneau, Zingano secured another takedown, continuing to dominate the grappling. She locked up her sixth takedown of the fight with a minute left in the second round.
The cycle repeated in the third round — attempts at standing strikes from Reneau ended with Zingano on top via takedown. Zingano was more aggressive from the top position in the third round, landing some ground-and-pound strikes.
The loss ended a four-fight win streak by Reneau (9-4-1).