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Ronda Rousey has shown nothing but respect towards Cat Zingano in the lengthy build to their Saturday night fight at UFC 184.

The reigning female bantamweight champion continued that during an appearance on “UFC Tonight” earlier this week.

“Cat is definitely the toughest opponent to date,” she said. “She’s the one I haven’t beaten yet. She’s the most difficult test yet. She’s undefeated for a reason. She’s a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt and I’ve never gone to the ground with one.

“I’m the best in the world and I’m going to win, but I do believe Cat will bring out the best out of me.”

Rousey, like Zingano, is unbeaten in her MMA career. The former Olympic bronze medalist has defeated the likes of Alexis Davis, Miesha Tate, Sara McMann and Liz Carmouche signing coming over from Strikeforce.

She also might just see her next contender moments before stepping inside the Octagon vs. Zingano, as former boxing world champion Holly Holm makes her UFC debut vs. Raquel Pennington.

“She was the boxing world champ and I’m very impressed with her so far,” Rousey said. “Being a boxer who’s had so many head-kick knockouts shows she’s evolved.

“She’s one of the biggest competitors in the division.”

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Kenny Florian and Daniel Cormier, co-hosts of “UFC Tonight,” recently discussed Saturday night’s UFC 184 main event between Ronda Rousey and Cat Zingano.

The fighters will collide for the UFC female bantamweight belt on pay-per-view from Los Angeles.

Florian, a multi-time title contender, believes the first few minutes could reveal what goes down inside the Octagon.

“If I’m Ronda Rousey, I know Cat starts off slow and I’m going to go hard and fast,” he said. “I believe she has a speed advantage. She has to land her hands on Cat, get in the clinch and bring the heat. But Cat is bigger than Ronda and has to use that size. She has to use it as a counter to Ronda’s judo clinch.”

As for the keys to the bout, Florian pointed to Rousey’s Olympic background in judo.

“She has world class judo, but it’s the development of her striking that’s changed this. She has knockout power. Ronda needs to get Cat to the clinch, land the takedown, and look for the finish. She can finish it with striking or with the armbar.

“I believe she gets it done on Saturday night.”

Cormier, meanwhile, wants to see what kind of tempo the champion tries to set from the start.

“For Ronda, she has to be Ronda Rousey. She has to move forward and look the armbar or for the finish. She’s so opportunistic. She can do so much more than grapple now. I think Ronda has a good chance to get a finish in this fight,” he said. “But Cat has a great Muay Thai clinch, and gets off brutal damage when she uses it. She gets a front head lock, which is a wrestling position, and from that, she land’s nasty knees, and controls her opponent and makes them tired.

“But that might be inviting Ronda into her most dominant position, the clinch, and it sets herself up for Ronda’s throws and takedowns.”

He continued, stating Zingano needs to make sure to avoid going to the ground with “Rowdy.”

“Cat Zingano was supposed to have this title shot a long time ago. She’s made improvements with her striking. She needs to keep it standing,” he said. “She can’t win a grappling match. She also needs to keep the distance and keep striking. She needs to stop the takedowns and control the clinch. And she needs to establish top control.

“All of Ronda’s finishes come from top position, so Cat needs to keep her from getting that top control.”

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Check out both parts from “Training Day” for UFC 184 with Ronda Rousey and Cat Zingano in the videos below.

The series takes a look at the two female bantamweights ahead of their meeting this Saturday night from Los Angeles.

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A day before Ronda Rousey steps inside the Octagon on pay-per-view, Cris “Cyborg” Justino will do the same – in the exact same town as Rousey – at Invicta FC 11.

Justino will defend her Invicta FC featherweight title at the Shine Auditorium in Los Angeles vs. Charmaine Tweet. The entire card streams live on UFC Fight Pass beginning at 10 p.m. ET.

Since a loss in her MMA debut, Justino (12-1) has yet to be defeated. She had a 2011 victory over Hiroko Yamanaka overturned to a no-contest due to a failed drug test, but has finished the likes of Marloes Coenen, Gina Carano and Shayna Baszler during her career.

Tweet (6-4) owns five submission victories to her credit.

Other planned bouts include Alexa Grasso vs. Mizuki Inuoue and DeAnna Bennett vs. Norma Rueda Center.

Below is the current card and a video promo for the event:

MAIN CARD (UFC Fight Pass/Midnight ET)

Invicta FC Featherweight Title
Cris “Cyborg” Justino (c) vs. Charmaine Tweet

Strawweight: Alexa Grasso vs. Mizuki Inoue

Strawweight: DeAnna Bennett vs. Norma Rueda Center

Bantamweight: Irene Aldana vs. Colleen Schneider

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, FightLine/10 p.m. ET)

Strawweight: Jamie Moyle vs. J.J. Aldrich

Strawweight: Brianna Van Buren vs. Amy Montenegro

Bantamweight: Christine Stanley vs. Rachael Cummins

Flyweight: Ana Carolina Vidal vs. Aspen Ladd

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“The British Invasion” hits Bellator MMA this Friday on Spike TV, as Bellator 134 goes down.

In the main event, Emanuel Newton defends his light heavyweight title against the unbeaten Liam McGeary. The main card airs at 9 p.m. ET.

Other planned bouts include Paul Daley vs. Andre Santos, Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal vs. Cheick Kongo, Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou vs. Linton Vassell and Michael Page vs. Curtis Millender.

Newton (25-7-1) has won seven in a row, including title defenses over Vassell and Joey Beltran since unifying the belts with Attila Vegh last year. He also holds two wins over Lawal, including a 2013 knockout via spinning back fist.

McGeary (9-0) finished his way through the Summer Series tournament last year to score a title shot, submitting Kelly Anundson in the finals. He also knocked out Egidijus Valavicius and Mike Mucitelli in earlier action.

A complete prelim lineup will stream online beginning at 6:45 p.m. ET from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.

Check out the current lineup below, along with a video promo:

MAIN CARD (Spike TV/9 p.m. ET)

Bellator Light Heavyweight Championship
Emanuel Newton (c) vs. Liam McGeary

Welterweight: Paul Daley vs. Andre Santos

Heavyweight: Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal vs. Cheick Kongo

Light Heavyweight: Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou vs. Linton Vassell

Welterweight: Michael Page vs. Curtis Millender


Featherweight: Matt Bessette vs. Josh Laberge

Heavyweight: Raphael Butler vs. Josh Diekmann

Welterweight: Jesse Juarez vs. Brennan Ward

Middleweight: Jason Butcher vs. Tamdan McCrory

Welterweight: Bobby Flynn vs. Neiman Gracie

Bantamweight: Marvin Maldonado vs. Blair Tugman

Lightweight: Michael Mangan vs. Dean Hancock

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