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Zingano on Rousey fight: 'I wouldn't change a thing about my approach'

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Cat Zingano was finished by Ronda Rousey in just 14 seconds at UFC 184, but she wouldn't change anything about her strategy to charge out of the gate.

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Cat Zingano obviously didn't get much time in the octagon at UFC 184. The UFC women's bantamweight title challenger was seen as possibly the biggest threat to Ronda Rousey yet going in, but a quick charge out of the gate backfired and she was submitted in just 14 seconds. Zingano was a guest on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani recently and with some time to reflect on the loss, she says that she wouldn't change her approach. But it was something he did at least partially as a reaction to her reputation as a slow starter (via MMA Fighting):

"I wouldn't change a thing about my approach. Had it been a couple inches in the other direction, it could have gone a completely different way."

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"That was probably my biggest mistake. Really thinking about doing it for other people versus doing it for myself. As long as I stay true to myself in this sport and in my career, I am unstoppable. I felt like it was an unfair definition of me, I don't think I'm a slow starter. For some reason, I let it get to me, so I was like, ‘okay, watch this.' That kind of slapped me in the face. I was just, in retrospect its something I want to have a lot more control over and not let it get to my head."

Zingano's post-fight interview was memorable due to her emotional reaction to the loss. She described why it came off the way it did:

It was really intense.  couldn't believe what just had happened, it was hard because in any kind of sport, you go and compete, if you choke, if you fail like that, you have opportunity relatively soon to go fix it, a tournament the next weekend or something, or more matches or whatever. It was so fast and so final, a huge part of me, was like, ‘okay that's fine, she won, but let's fight, so we can still see what happens.' I just trained really hard for that, I fought emotionally and physically very hard to get to that point. For it to be over that fast, I know I'm much better than that and I was not living up to m potential. It was really hard to grasp what was going on and put words to it."

And she knows that things would go differently if she got a rematch:

"I think we know, our coaches knows, she knows, and the promotion knows 999 times out of a thousand that wouldn't happen again," Zingano said. "I think that sets us up for a really good fight, should they give us a rematch sometime soon. I'll do whatever it takes to get to that point. It's not a fluke, Ronda is very good and she caught that arm and that's what happened. But, I'm a better athlete than what that showed of me and I want to fix it."

While Rousey is scheduled to meet Bethe Correia at UFC 190, Zingano is still waiting to see who she will face next.