Ronda Rousey has a new date for her next UFC title defense. | Photo: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
Ronda Rousey’s next bantamweight title defense will come a little bit later than expected.
UFC President Dana White announced via Instagram on Wednesday that Rousey will square off against Cat Zingano in the UFC 184 co-headliner on Feb. 28. Previously, White said that Rousey-Zingano serve as the co-main event at UFC 182 on Jan. 3. No reason was given for the change.
UFC 184 takes place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and is highlighted by a middleweight title tilt pitting Chris Weidman against Vitor Belfort. The evening’s main card will air on pay-per-view.
Rousey is unbeaten in 10 professional appearances, including four in the UFC. In her most recent outing, the Olympic judoka finished Alexis Davis in 16 seconds at UFC 175. Rousey also owns triumphs overSara McMann, Miesha Tate and Liz Carmouche in the Octagon.
After more than a year layoff, Zingano made a triumphant return at UFC 178, stopping Amanda Nunes via technical knockout 1:21 into the third round of their 135-pound scrap. The 32-year-old Broomfield, Colo., native debuted in the Octagon at the “TUF 17” finale, where she stopped Tate to become the division’s No. 1 contender. However, a knee injury prevented Zingano from capitalizing on that opportunity.