"I'm 30 years old and if I see a cool tree, I want to climb it. I'm a free spirit," Zingano said. "Anything that looks fun, I want to make fun. Opponents are all opponents and at the end of the day, we can all get a beer and be cool. Staying in the best possible state mentally, physically and spiritually is the best possible thing we can do for ourselves as far as the career goes."
Zingano, an undefeated bantamweight contender, fights Miesha Tate on Apr. 13 at the TUF 17 Finale, and a victory may propel her into title contention.
Zingano says she's happy there are now official rankings to determine exactly where all the 135-pounders stand in the division.
"I don't really do predictions, I just know I want to be a world champion and I'll do whatever it takes to get myself from here to there," Zingano said. "Right now, there's so many different ranks, different opinions, but as far as having the true total brackets dedicated to 135-pound women in the UFC, it'll be easier to know where everyone else stands. I think they'll be able to set the standard to show where everyone is at and find where everyone stands. I'm glad for that clarity. That's a good thing."
The Zingano vs Tate fight was originally slated for Apr. 6 in Sweden, but the UFC determined that Swedish audiences perhaps weren't ready to witness an all-female MMA fight.
Sweden is a relatively new MMA market, so the UFC pushed the Tate vs Zingano fight to Apr. 13 in the United States.