“Cat is now three months out from her right knee anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction,” Dr. Ronald S. Kvitne of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic in Los Angeles stated in a video Zingano posted on her Facebook page. “She’s three months out; her knee looks great. She’s got almost perfect motion, she’s got great strength, she’s got excellent stability. She’s about three months from getting back in the ring and starting to spar.”
Kvitne believes Zingano may have a torn meniscus in her left knee.
“The only problem is the left knee appears to have somewhere along the line gotten into trouble with a medial meniscus tear,” said Dr. Kvitne. “So we’ll confirm that today with an MRI. If she does may have a torn meniscus, she’ll need surgery fairly quickly, so she can get back on track with the rehab.”
“We think three months from now she’d be back in the ring training, sparring; so fighting in about four to six months from now,” he said.
Zingano defeated Tate to earn a spot as coach of TUF 18, but an injury to her right knee prevented her for taking on the opportunity.
With Zingano out until early 2014, Tate took her spot as coach on the show, and she also jumped the line ahead of her in terms of a title shot against Rousey.
Tate and Rousey are set to fight on Dec. 28 in the co-main of UFC 168, and Zingano is scheduled to fight the winner. However, this latest news may put a damper on those plans.
Perhaps Liz Carmouche, Alexis Davis or Sara McMann will end up getting that shot instead of Zingano, now that the UFC star will be out for several more months longer than expected.