Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

On April 13th, 2013, Miesha Tate and Cat Zingano squared off for a shot at Ronda Rousey’s Bantamweight Title, along with the opportunity to coach against Rousey on the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter.  Tate vs. Zingano marked the second female fight in UFC history, trailing only Rousey’s UFC debut victory over Liz Carmouche.


“The Wild Cat Offense”


Just moments ahead

Of the battle’s first bell

A glimpse of the fighters

Would show more than tell


While Tate bounced around

As she lip-synced a tune

The Cat shot a glare

That could crater the moon


It pierced through the cheers

And the muddled applause—

She only saw red

And the prey in her claws


The bell set the tone

As they fought tooth and nail

Each vying to board

On a ship soon to sail


And after ten minutes

Of ravaging war

The favorite seemed primed

For a victory roar


But Cat wasn’t ready

To forfeit her meal

Her hunger eclipsed

Any pain she could feel


And with this advantage

She mustered a fleet

Of elbows and knees

That exacted defeat


Now shackled to Rousey—

The Ultimate prize—

Cat’s stock is in store

For a rocketing rise


And even though Ronda’s

The game’s brightest star

Whose fires cast shadows

Both vibrant and far


I’m sure Miss Zingano

Will flourish and grow

And maybe, in darkness,

She’ll cast her own glow