This weekend Megan Anderson aims to pick up her first UFC win over a resurging veteran. The Australian featherweight will be fighting Cat Zingano at UFC 232 tomorrow at The Forum in Los Angeles, California.
Motivated to rebound from her debut loss to Holly Holm in June, Anderson is excited by the prospect of facing a game Zingano.
“I really like the match-up with Cat,” Anderson told EMG. “She’s an aggressive fighter, she likes to pressure and come out strong. She tends to fight a bit emotional and that doesn’t always necessarily work to her benefit. I think it’s gonna be interesting to see what happens with the move and change of location, if that’s affected her. I’m ready for the best Cat Zingano across that cage so no matter what we’re ready for the best possible athlete that she is. Whatever happens, happens. We’re ready.”
More than just her desire to be victorious on Saturday (local time), Anderson feels at least partially responsible for reinvigorating the stagnating featherweight division.
“I know they had The Ultimate Fighter for the women’s featherweight and they haven’t signed anyone to featherweight, and a lot of them are asking for fights at bantamweight or they’re being booked at bantamweight,” she said. “It’s not a real positive look for them building the division so I really feel like me winning here is huge for the division to be staying in the UFC.”
But that’s not to say that it changes her attitude towards the fight, or that she feels any weight of that responsibility.
“I try not to let that get to me because at the end of the day, I look at every fight as the biggest fight of my career, and I put my emotions from my previous fights, or my emotions from shit that happens during camp, or expectations that other people put on me – I’ve gotta put that all aside because at the end of the day, my performance on Saturday night is all that matters.”
The UFC 232 co-main event is a super fight between featherweight champion Cris Cyborg and bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes for the featherweight title. It’s a fight Anderson will keep a keen eye on.
“I’m actually really interested in that fight. I think stylistically they’re very similar. They’re both pressure fighters, they’ve got good striking. I think what is really going to determine who wins is can Amanda Nunes make Cris respect her power, because a lot of Cris’ previous opponents haven’t been able to make her respect their power so she just walks them down. So, I think that is key for Amanda.”
“Amanda, in the past, hasn’t necessarily done very well against pressure fighters … I think that’s gonna be key for Cris going into this fight; pressuring early and pressuring constantly because if you have someone that’s just constantly walking you down and not respecting your power – that’s tiring and you start making mistakes and that’s when you get caught.”
“I think of all of Cris’ last opponents – her recent opponents – Amanda has the biggest chance of the upset.”
It’s very likely that Anderson’s fight with Zingano this weekend will have title implications, so with that in mind, Anderson offered her thoughts on who she’d like to face from the co-main event.
“Both of them, but I would love to fight Cris. I think I’m the one to beat her.”