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Finally, “Alpha” Cat Zingano (9-0, 2-0 UFC) and bantamweight champion “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey (10-0, 4-0 UFC) will meet inside the Octagon. The bout is set for January 3rd and will serve as the co-main event at UFC 182: “Jones vs Cormier” in Las Vegas, Nevada.

After defeating Miesha Tate via TKO in April 2013, Zingano was set to coach opposite Rousey in ‘The Ultimate Fighter 18′, however, she was forced to withdraw from the show due to a serious knee injury. Personal tragedy would also keep Zingano sidelined until her return last month at UFC 178 where she reclaimed her number-one contender status via a come from behind TKO victory over Amanda Nunes.

Rousey has successfully defended her UFC championship four times, defeating Liz Carmouche, Miesha Tate, Sara McMann and most recently Alexis Davis via KO in just 16 seconds at UFC 175 in July. In her 10 victories, only Tate has made it past the first round, succumbing in round three to an armbar.

Once the bout had been announced, Rousey took to Instagram:
“Every ounce of respect I have for her is going to be poured into the effort to end her undefeated streak. Real champions don’t want belts, they want to test themselves against the best the world has to offer. On Jan 3rd two champions will be fighting and I’m going to show Cat what the best in the world is. I genuinely hope that Cat, the fans, and I all walk away unscathed and fulfilled that night. But fights are chaotic – you never know. ;) I won’t say “good luck” but rather “good skill” to Cat. Get ready for the fight of your life.”

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Felice “Lil’ Bulldog” Herrig kept Team Pettis’s perfect record intact with a clear-cut Unanimous Decision victory during tonight’s fifth episode of The Ultimate Fighter 20: “A Champion Will Be Crowned.” Herrig defeated rival “Hurricane” Heather Clark for a second time in a rematch from March 2013.

In addition to Clark’s defeat, the still-winless Team Melendez suffered an additional loss tonight. After a knee injury forced Justine Kish out of the competition, Tecia “The Tiny Tornado” Torres was brought back into the elimination round and moved from Team Melendez over to Team Pettis.

To read the full recap of the show, (click here).

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Undefeated strawweight stars Claudia “Claudinha” Gadelha and Joanna Jędrzejczyk are set to collide in a top contender’s bout on December 13th at UFC on FOX 13: “Dos Santos vs Miocic.” The FOX-televised fight card is scheduled to take place at the US Airways Center in Phoenix, Arizona.

UFC officials confirmed plans for the matchup on Friday following an initial report from MMANews.pl. BJJ black belt Gadelha kicked off her UFC career with a Unanimous Decision victory over Tina “Jelly Bean” Lähdemäki in July. Jędrzejczyk defeated Juliana “Ju Thai” de Lima Carneiro at UFC on FOX 12.

To read the full article, (click here).

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After more than six years away from the sport, Deep Women’s Flyweight Champion “Princess” Satoko Shinashi makes her long-awaited return to MMA on October 26th at Deep: “69th Impact” in Tokyo, Japan. Shinashi battles South Korean teen Ye Jin Jung in a 45kg bout on the card.

Deep officials announced the fight on Monday. Shinashi was one of MMA’s top pound-for-pound female fighters prior to leaving the sport in late 2008 in order to focus on family life. The diminutive grappler seeks her 30th career victory when she takes on 15-year-old kickboxer Jung this Sunday night.

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Former Deep Jewels Interim Lightweight Champion Emi Tomimatsu is set to make her Road FC debut on November 9th at Road Fighting Championship 19 in Seoul, South Korea. Tomimatsu faces off against South Korean striker Hyo Kyung Song in a featured strawweight bout on the event’s main card.

Road FC officials announced the matchup earlier this week. Tomimatsu became the first Deep Jewels 114-pound champion in February, but she lost the belt to Mizuki Inoue in an August rematch. Song most recently picked up her first pro MMA victory by stopping Hazuki Kimura at Road FC 16.

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Former pound-for-pound boxing queen Holly “The Preacher’s Daughter” Holm is set to make her long-awaited Octagon debut on December 6th at UFC 181: “Hendricks vs Lawler 2” in Las Vegas, Nevada, against TUF 18 alum Raquel “Rocky” Pennington.

Holm, 33-2-3 in boxing, is unbeaten in seven pro MMA bouts with six of those wins via knockout. In her last bout in April, a TKO win over Juliana Werner, Holm suffered a broken forearm. Now 100% healthy, Holm faces arguably her toughest opponent to date in Pennington. “Rocky”, a hard-nosed striker in her own right, owns ‘TUF house’ victories over Tonya Evinger and Jessamyn Duke. In her official Octagon debut on ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ Finale, she defeated Roxanne Modafferi but came up short in her most recent bout, a close split decision loss to Jessica Andrade.

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WSOF Women’s Strawweight Champion Jessica “Jag” Aguilar is set to make the next defence of her title on November 15th at World Series of Fighting 15 in Tampa, Florida. Aguilar faces top-ranked Brazilian contender Kalindra Faria, who has won 11 straight fights and makes her WSOF debut.

USA Today Sports first reported on plans for the title fight today. Aguilar captured the 115-pound WSOF title in January and retained the belt with a Unanimous Decision win in June. Faria has torn through the competition in Brazil and she is now one of the strawweight division’s fastest rising stars.

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