With a win tonight, Kaufman wants Cat Zingano next

Posted: April 16, 2014 in Commentary/Opinion

sarah_kaufmanSarah Kaufman is currently the #5 contender in the women’s bantamweight division and she’s looking to make a big jump in those rankings starting tonight. The former Strikeforce champion faces late replacement Leslie Smith tonight—and opponent she’s not unfamiliar with. Kaufman just defeated Smith in April at Invicta FC 5.

Assuming she gets past Smith yet again, Kaufman already has a plan to get back into the title hunt. She wants to face #1 contender Cat Zingano. Zingano is still working on her return from a major knee injury and has stated that she’ll be ready by mid to late summer.

“I think she’s great,” Kaufman said of Zingano. “I don’t think she should be the number 1 contender, especially coming off such a long layoff, so I think she should have a fight prior to getting a title shot and I would love to be the one who kind of steps over and gets that win and that title shot.”

It would be a good matchup indeed, but Zingano is still pushing for the next shot at Ronda’s belt—assuming Ronda still has the belt. Rousey is set to face Alexis Davis next, which could mean Zingano would have to take another fight before getting the title chance.

Timing is everything when it comes to rehabbing injuries, so if the timing doesn’t work out to face Zingano, Kaufman would also be interested in fighting the winner of Saturday’s Miesha Tate/Liz Carmouche fight.

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