UFC 184 Odds Makers Have it All Wrong: Zingano has the Edge Over Champion Rousey

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 3:06 PM UTC

Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015 3:06 PM UTC

Ronda Rousey has gone virtually untouched in the Octagon but Cat Zingano presents a whole set of new problems for the UFC Women's Bantamweight champ. Let's take a look at why the UFC odds have this one all wrong.

<p><strong>Zingano Undefeated for a Reason</strong><br /> Below is the road Cat Zingano has traveled to get her shot at the most coveted women's title in all of MMA. She is by far and away the <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/more-sports/100-takedown-success-rate-southpaw-approach-makes-zingano-dangerous-dog-over-rousey/54077/" target="_blank" title="Zingano is a Dangerous Dog Against Rousey">most powerful opponent Ronda Rousey has fought</a> and if you notice the sixth win of her career was against Takayo Hashi where Zingano literally body slammed the Tokyo Terror into submission.</p> <p>Fast forward to the TUF 17 Finale and you will see that Zingano TKO'ed her way over top contender Miesha Tate which was historic as well as it marked the first TKO in a UFC women's event. Zingano followed that up with yet another TKO over the rugged Amanda Nunes in September which set the stage for her showdown with champion Ronda Rousey.</p> <p>     </p> <table border="1" cellpadding="0"> <thead> <tr> <th> <p align="center"><strong>Res.</strong></p> </th> <th style="width:58px"> <p align="center"><strong>Record</strong></p> </th> <th style="width:70px"> <p align="center"><strong>Opponent</strong></p> </th> <th style="width:88px"> <p align="center"><strong>Method</strong></p> </th> <th style="width:79px"> <p align="center"><strong>Event</strong></p> </th> <th style="width:43px"> <p align="center"><strong>Date</strong></p> </th> <th style="width:70px"> <p align="center"><strong>Round</strong></p> </th> <th> <p align="center"><strong>Time</strong></p> </th> <th style="width:69px"> <p align="center"><strong>Location</strong></p> </th> </tr> </thead> <tbody> <tr> <td> <p align="center">Win</p> </td> <td style="width:58px"> <p align="center">9–0</p> </td> <td style="width:70px"> <p><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amanda_Nunes" title="Amanda Nunes">Amanda Nunes</a></p> </td> <td style="width:88px"> <p>TKO (elbows and punches)</p> </td> <td style="width:79px"> <p><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UFC_178" title="UFC 178">UFC 178</a></p> </td> <td style="width:43px"> <p>2014-09-27</p> </td> <td style="width:70px"> <p align="center">3</p> </td> <td> <p align="center">1:21</p> </td> <td style="width:69px"> <p><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Las_Vegas" title="Las Vegas">Las Vegas, Nevada</a>,</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p align="center">Win</p> </td> <td style="width:58px"> <p align="center">8–0</p> </td> <td style="width:70px"> <p><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miesha_Tate" title="Miesha Tate">Miesha Tate</a></p> </td> <td style="width:88px"> <p>TKO (knees and elbow)</p> </td> <td style="width:79px"> <p><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ultimate_Fighter:_Team_Jones_vs._Team_Sonnen_Finale#The_Ultimate_Fighter_17_Finale" title="The Ultimate Fighter: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen Finale">The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale</a></p> </td> <td style="width:43px"> <p>2013-04-13</p> </td> <td style="width:70px"> <p align="center">3</p> </td> <td> <p align="center">2:55</p> </td> <td style="width:69px"> <p><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Las_Vegas" title="Las Vegas">Las Vegas, Nevada</a>,</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p align="center">Win</p> </td> <td style="width:58px"> <p align="center">7–0</p> </td> <td style="width:70px"> <p><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raquel_Pennington" title="Raquel Pennington">Raquel Pennington</a></p> </td> <td style="width:88px"> <p>Submission (rear-naked choke)</p> </td> <td style="width:79px"> <p><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Invicta_FC:_Penne_vs._Sugiyama" title="Invicta FC: Penne vs. Sugiyama">Invicta FC 3: Penne vs Sugiyama</a></p> </td> <td style="width:43px"> <p>2012-10-06</p> </td> <td style="width:70px"> <p align="center">2</p> </td> <td> <p align="center">3:32</p> </td> <td style="width:69px"> <p><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kansas_City,_Kansas" title="Kansas City, Kansas">Kansas City, Kansas</a>,</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p align="center">Win</p> </td> <td style="width:58px"> <p align="center">6–0</p> </td> <td style="width:70px"> <p><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Takayo_Hashi" title="Takayo Hashi">Takayo Hashi</a></p> </td> <td style="width:88px"> <p>KO (slam and punches)</p> </td> <td style="width:79px"> <p>Fight To Win: Outlaws</p> </td> <td style="width:43px"> <p>2011-05-14</p> </td> <td style="width:70px"> <p align="center">3</p> </td> <td> <p align="center">4:42</p> </td> <td style="width:69px"> <p><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denver,_Colorado" title="Denver, Colorado">Denver, Colorado</a>,</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p align="center">Win</p> </td> <td style="width:58px"> <p align="center">5–0</p> </td> <td style="width:70px"> <p>Carina Damm</p> </td> <td style="width:88px"> <p>TKO (punches and elbows)</p> </td> <td style="width:79px"> <p>Crowbar MMA: Winter Brawl</p> </td> <td style="width:43px"> <p>2010-12-10</p> </td> <td style="width:70px"> <p align="center">2</p> </td> <td> <p align="center">3:37</p> </td> <td style="width:69px"> <p><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Forks,_North_Dakota" title="Grand Forks, North Dakota">Grand Forks, North Dakota</a>,</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p align="center">Win</p> </td> <td style="width:58px"> <p align="center">4–0</p> </td> <td style="width:70px"> <p>Ivana Coleman</p> </td> <td style="width:88px"> <p>TKO (punches)</p> </td> <td style="width:79px"> <p>Ring Of Fire 38: Ascension</p> </td> <td style="width:43px"> <p>2010-06-05</p> </td> <td style="width:70px"> <p align="center">1</p> </td> <td> <p align="center">1:54</p> </td> <td style="width:69px"> <p><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broomfield,_Colorado" title="Broomfield, Colorado">Broomfield, Colorado</a>,</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p align="center">Win</p> </td> <td style="width:58px"> <p align="center">3–0</p> </td> <td style="width:70px"> <p><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barb_Honchak" title="Barb Honchak">Barb Honchak</a></p> </td> <td style="width:88px"> <p>Decision (unanimous)</p> </td> <td style="width:79px"> <p>Fight To Win: Phenoms</p> </td> <td style="width:43px"> <p>2010-01-30</p> </td> <td style="width:70px"> <p align="center">3</p> </td> <td> <p align="center">5:00</p> </td> <td style="width:69px"> <p>Denver, Colorado,</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p align="center">Win</p> </td> <td style="width:58px"> <p align="center">2–0</p> </td> <td style="width:70px"> <p>Angela Samaro</p> </td> <td style="width:88px"> <p>Submission (anaconda choke)</p> </td> <td style="width:79px"> <p>Ring Of Fire 33: Adrenaline</p> </td> <td style="width:43px"> <p>2009-01-10</p> </td> <td style="width:70px"> <p align="center">2</p> </td> <td> <p align="center">3:40</p> </td> <td style="width:69px"> <p>Broomfield, Colorado,</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p align="center">Win</p> </td> <td style="width:58px"> <p align="center">1–0</p> </td> <td style="width:70px"> <p>Karina Taylor</p> </td> <td style="width:88px"> <p>Submission (armbar)</p> </td> <td style="width:79px"> <p>Ring Of Fire 32: Respect</p> </td> <td style="width:43px"> <p>2008-06-13</p> </td> <td style="width:70px"> <p align="center">1</p> </td> <td> <p align="center">2:30</p> </td> <td style="width:69px"> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p> </p> <p><strong>Advantage Zingano</strong>                                                                                               <br /> While both women stand 5'7" it should be noted that Zingano possesses a four inch reach advantage. The challenger will use this to keep Rousey from hammering her from afar which has become a larger weapon in Rousey's arsenal than simply taking her opponent to the mat and hooking in an armbar. You will notice that Rousey's last two wins have come via knockout which is a marked change of course from her previous eight fights which were all decided by first-round submissions with the notable exception of the third round armbar submission of Miesha Tate.</p> <p>Cat Zingano will not be a pushover for the legendarily powerful Rousey. Zingano has the strength and speed to not only stay with the champion but defeat her as well. Rousey has competed against women who appear to be a full weight class smaller than her on fight night but in this case Zingano will no doubt be her physical equal. In addition, this will force Rousey to push herself harder to get the takedown and lock in an armbar. We have seen Zingano successfully defend against this before but of course she has yet to face an opponent with Rousey's sublime grappling and submission skills. That being said if Zingano can acquit herself on the mat when the fight does eventually fall to the ground it will be tougher for Rousey to submit Zingano as the fight progresses and more of her strength is sapped in the process.</p> <p>There was a time when Zingano had a clear advantage in striking but Rousey has advanced in that aspect. Zingano however, still has the chops to stun and finish Rousey. When you factor in the <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/ufc/" target="_blank" title="Click Here to Follow Up on Our Live UFC Odds">UFC odds</a> of +800 that offshore bookmakers like 5Dimes.com is offering then why not take a chance on an undefeated fighter and proven winner like Cat Zingano for your <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/more-sports/" target="_blank" title="Click Here for More UFC Free Picks">UFC picks</a>?</p> <p><strong>UFC Picks: </strong><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=809&amp;book=inarticle5dimes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Place Your Bet at 5Dimes">Cat Zingano +800 at 5Dimes</a></p> <p>[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":367161, "sportsbooksIds":[19,43,227,1096,999996,93,238,123,139], "LineTypeId":5, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p>
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