One of the dudes from the EA MMA team was at the UFC Fan Expo this past week and asked Cat Zingano if he could have a pic of her catching him in a rear naked choke. “Sure,” she replied, “But only if I actually get to choke you unconscious.” This is probably her way of getting out of having to touch all the gross neckbeards who come and visit her, but this guy was totally game for it. So now behold Cat choking a fan out.
Note to other fighters: you probably shouldn’t do this to anyone you’re 110% sure won’t sue you. Just ask Matt Hughes about that:
A battery and assault lawsuit filed against former UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes (Pictures) in Clark County District Court was dismissed by plaintiff Jed Leist on June 16 after the parties settled out of court. The case, which also cited intentional infliction of emotional distress, false imprisonment and negligence from Hughes, was filed on March 28, 2007, and scheduled to go before a jury trial on June 30.
According to court documents, the alleged altercation occurred “on or about” October 13, 2006 inside the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino following UFC 64 “Unstoppable.”
The suit contended Hughes and/or other unnamed defendants “grabbed and placed” Leist in a hold “as to cause injury and damage.” Hughes’ actions were “unwanted, not consented or authorized,” by the plaintiff and inflicted “over his protests,” stated the documents. Prior to the dismissal, Leist was seeking damages in excess of $10,000 per each charge plus attorney’s fees and additional expenses due to “severe humiliation, mental anguish and emotional distress.”
The suit also claimed Leist was both partially and permanently disabled from the alleged assault.
So watch out what you ask for with Cat Zingano, unless you’re looking for a lawsuit mark. For more evidence that she enjoys setting dudes up to knock em right down, here she is kicking someone really hard in the leg for suggesting a woman’s kicks couldn’t hurt:
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