Editor's note: The story has been updated at 1:25 p.m. ET on 8/15/19 to reflect Zingano's response to her release.
One-time bantamweight title challenger Cat Zingano has been released by the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
MMAjunkie.com was first to report the news. Zingano was victorious in just one of her last five bouts, a unanimous verdict against Marion Reneau at UFC Boise in July 2018. She last appeared at UFC 232 in December, when she suffered a stoppage loss to Megan Anderson due to an eye injury that occurred when her opponent landed a head kick.
Zingano began her professional tenure with nine consecutive triumphs, a streak that included victories over Miesha Tate and Amanda Nunes in the Octagon. She challenged for 135-pound gold at UFC 184, tapping to a Ronda Rousey armbar in just 14 seconds.
The 37-year-old Broomfield, Colo., native’s resume also includes wins over Raquel Pennington and Barb Honchak prior to joining the Las Vegas-based promotion.
Following her release from the UFC, Cat Zingano has given a statement, claiming it was "mutual" and that she was working on a project of her own that she could not set aside for the promotion.
"I didn't want to take the ultimatum this time," Zingano said to ESPN on Wednesday. "So I guess you can say it was mutual. I had a project that was very, very important to me, and to the MMA community and fans, and I needed to put me, my son, my training and that first before I had anything to give to the UFC. It's sh*tty timing, but it happens, and I'm still a fighter and ready to f*ck sh*t up."
What project she is working on is unknown. But, when she is able to fight again, she should have suitors out there.