Cat Zingano To Face Olivia Parker At Bellator 256 In April

Former UFC title contender and new BJJ brown belt Cat Zingano will be making her 2021 debut next month, this time taking on Olivia Parker at Bellator 256.

The matchup was first reported by ESPN.

The April 9 fight, set to take place in Uncasville, Connecticut, will mark Zingano’s second fight with the promotion. She parted ways with the UFC in August 2019 before signing with Bellator a couple months later. She didn’t have her first fight under the promotion, however, until nearly a year later. It was a successful debut, and she took home a decision win against Gabrielle Holloway.

Zingano’s journey with Bellator, of course, comes after an impressive career in the UFC that saw her TKO current double-champ Amanda Nunes and go up against Ronda Rousey for the bantamweight title.

Parker doesn’t have Zingano’s extensive resume, but she’s made an impression in the five professional fights she’s had so far. Her career began with a four-fight winning streak with the Valor Fighting Challenge, and she finished three of those fights. Her most recent fight resulted in a loss against Chelsea Chandler at Invicta FC 40, but a win against a name like Zingano would make for an impressive Bellator debut.

Also on this card will be a headliner between Ryan Bader and Lyoto Machida, which will serve as a light heavyweight grand prix quarterfinal fight.

Bellator 256 will take place on Friday, April 9.


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