In only the second of WMMA fight inside the Octagon, Bantamweights Cat Zingano and Miesha Tate met at The Ultimate fighter 17 Finale. Following, champion Ronda Rousey's first ever title defense, Dana White announced that the two would be fighting to be the next contender and to coach opposite the champ in the series' 18th season.
Tate came out aggressive and scored a quick takedown. Zingano scrambled but found herself defending a standing guillotine. Zingano grabbed a guillotine of her own but Tate got out. Tate flurried with strikes and got a takedown. Zingano reversed. She let tate up and both ladies started swinging wildly. Tate back on top in half guard. The round ended with Tate landing ground and pound.
Again in the second round Tate hit an early takedown. She got dominant position then grabbed an armbar when Cat scrambled. Zingano was able to escape but gave up mount then back control in the process. She was able to reverse into Tate's guard. Tate grabbed a leg and started working leg locks, but Zingano defended well. Zingano ended the round on top and landing some very solid ground strikes.
Zingano flipped the script and opened the final round with a takedown of her own. She mixed up the ground strikes well and maintained control as Tate tried to scramble out. Tate went to stand up from bottom sprawl and ate a knee for her effort. She dropped down for a moment, before attempting to stand again. Zingano blasted her repeatedly with knees to the face before referee Kate Winslow stepped in to stop the fight.
Cat Zingano beat Miesha Tate by TKO at 2:55 of round 3.