Kat Zingano expresses mixed feelings after first win

UNCASVILLE, Con. – Cat Zingano had no hope of coming to Bellator 245.

From here, though, Zingano (11-4 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) is focused on improving – and his main-event win over Gabrielle Holloway (6-6 MMA, 1-3 BMMA) on Friday. Was decided The Mohegan Sun Arena was the building block to do so.

“I can immediately see where I can do better and where I am able to do better,” Xingano said at the post-fight conference with MMA Janaki. “(There were) various places and positions where we were stuck that I’m going to go back to the drawing board and work. It’s definitely not a perfect performance. I have a ton of things I could do better. Was – and I will. I want to do better when I do. ”

Zingano, 38, had not competed in nearly two years before Belter 245. The former UFC bantamweight contender had known before and after his UFC exit in 2019. An eye injury, breast implant illness (BII) around a breast. And having won only one since 2014, Zingano did not set expectations for himself before Friday’s return.

“I really don’t know what to expect,” Xingano said. A lot has changed since my last fight. I was working very hard every single day of this camp. I fought every single sparse session, like I fought here today. I just did everything I could think to get ready, so I could come here and bring my best. ”

Despite his self-criticism, Zingano said he was proud of the win – even though it was not, in his estimation, his greatest performance. A veteran of the game, Zingano is, at one level, keeping a balanced mind as his career progresses beyond his hype debut.

“Come here and get that win and take it home and show myself and show people that I absolutely care about where I am,” Zingano said. “Yes, it was not the biggest performance of my life. Gabby is a great, great fight for me. It’s only from here.

“I am still very humble and know that at some point you are a dalit person. At some point, all these people have their tests, so I just have to stay cool about it, keep working hard, I Take whatever is felt, saw it in the moment, take it home and prove it in some way, shape or form. ”

Belter 245 took place on Friday at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Unesville, Conn. The main card aired on Paramount and was streamed on DAZN after prelims on MMA Junkie.