Cat Zingano was set to coach opposite on The Ultimate fighter and then face Ronda Rousey in a fight following her great knockout win over Miesha Tate in her UFC debut. But a knee injury derailed those plans and put Tate into her slot.
Yesterday, Zingano tweeted out the following:
Later in the day, she posted a video on her Facebook page with her doctor giving an update (via Yahoo! Sports)
"Cat is now three months out from her right knee anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction," he stated in a video Zingano posted on her Facebook page. "She’s three months out; her knee looks great. She’s got almost perfect motion, she’s got great strength, she’s got excellent stability. She’s about three months from getting back in the ring and starting to spar."
The bad news, however, is that Dr. Kvitne believes Zingano may have a torn meniscus in her left knee.
Dr. Kvitne indicated that they were going to perform an MRI on the left knee to verify the torn meniscus, and if it is confirmed, they will immediately perform surgery hoping to avoid any further delay in her return.
"The only problem is the left knee appears to have somewhere along the line gotten into trouble with a medial meniscus tear," said Dr. Kvitne. "So we’ll confirm that today with an MRI. If she does may have a torn meniscus, she’ll need surgery fairly quickly, so she can get back on track with the rehab."
If this does happen to be the case, it will likely be four to six more months before Zingano is back in the cage for a fight.
It's unfortunate as she had a tremendous performance against Tate and was an interesting opponent for Rousey, but now she's going to possibly be very rusty when she returns and the division will have taken shape without her, setting her back considerably.