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Cat Zingano needs impartial drug testing to battle Cris Cyborg: ‘To verify it’s a good battle’

Cat Zingano needs impartial drug testing to battle Cris Cyborg: ‘To verify it’s a good battle’

Regardless of all of the forwards and backwards on-line, Cat Zingano mentioned she was by no means supplied a battle with Cris Cyborg. However she has one demand if she’s in a position to beat Pam Sorenson at Bellator 282 and clinch a title shot.

“Impartial testing for each of us — [an] impartial useful resource, simply ensuring there are not any biases, there’s no folks that we all know, and simply ensuring every part is truthful,” Zingano mentioned Wednesday throughout a media teleconference for Friday’s occasion.

Zingano made headlines in January by claiming Cyborg refused drug testing, prompting her to as a substitute take the bout with Sorenson, a former Invicta featherweight champ who’s 1-1 in Bellator. Cyborg instantly denied Zingano’s declare and mentioned the one-time UFC title challenger was making excuses to not battle.

In the meanwhile, Bellator doesn’t conduct impartial drug testing, as a substitute counting on state athletic commissions that regulate its occasions. Whereas abroad, the promotion hires an impartial regulator, ABC President Mike Mazzulli, to check fighters in- and out-of-competition. Bellator President Scott Coker didn’t instantly reply to a request for touch upon extra drug testing. Usually, promoters and fighters have appeared to the Voluntary Anti-Doping Affiliation (VADA) for testing exterior state necessities.

The image Zingano painted on Wednesday as to why she didn’t battle Cyborg relatively than Sorenson was extra nuanced. However it additionally got here right down to an absence of a contract.

“I wasn’t supplied that battle, for one,” she informed MMA Preventing. “I do know coming into Bellator, we talked about how that was going to be a battle that we had for certain. I do know additionally coming into Bellator, all of my footage of combating was within the UFC — there was licensing stuff there, to allow them to’t promote me they usually can’t use any of my battle movies or highlights, can’t even actually discuss me with out it being a licensing factor with the UFC. So that they actually wished me to battle fights right here and get tape, get reel, give me good matches in opposition to good 145-pound ladies, and I’m comparatively new to this weight class. So placing me in there and figuring it out, I wasn’t supplied Cyborg.

“I did inform them at first there have been issues that I wish to do, the place each of us would do [it], to ensure it’s a good battle, and to ensure it’s a protected battle. And with these tips, it simply by no means got here out. Each time we talked concerning the battle being between us, or she was calling me out on-line or I used to be saying one thing about her out on-line, I used to be sort of ready for the cellphone calls, and the cellphone calls would come, but it surely was by no means her title.”

Reached for remark, Cyborg once more questioned Zingano’s need to face her.

“Appears like Cat Zingano doesn’t wish to battle,” she wrote in a message to MMA Preventing. “Hopefully she enjoys being on the YouTube prelims.”

The previous UFC champ was suspended in 2012 for one yr after testing constructive for a steroid and granted a retroactive therapeutic-use exemption by the U.S. Anti-Doping Company after failing a drug take a look at throughout her UFC profession.

Zingano has gained a pair of Bellator fights since her defection to Bellator, and he or she’s moved on from Cyborg as a right away concern.

“Fights are momentary,” she mentioned. “Each punch, each kick, is second by second, each second, each breath … so I’m specializing in this battle. I do know that battle doesn’t even matter proper now. That is what I’ve to do. My eyes are set on Pam Sorenson and coming in right here and doing what I’m educated to do.”

As for whether or not she’ll get a title shot subsequent, she’s combating with the belief that Cyborg will probably be ready.

“That’s what I’m assuming,” Zingano mentioned. “Pam’s arising, and he or she’s finished some good issues with Bellator to this point. I’m arising doing good issues with Bellator to this point. I feel it could be truthful to say that that might be the results of this battle.”

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