By SI Wire
July 15, 2014

The UFC women's bantamweight is exciting as ever following the signing of undefeated former boxing champion Holly Holm and the expected signing of Gina Carano.

Cat Zingano, who is the No. 1 contender in the division, is also set to make her return to action this fall at UFC 178 after recovering from a torn ACL. 

When Zingano returns to the cage, she will be facing off against Amanda Nunes (9-3).

With a strong performance at UFC 178, Nunes is hoping to convince UFC president Dana White that she is deserving of a crack at champion Ronda Rousey. If she gets that opportunity, it is a bout that Nunes is confident she will win.

“I think for sure, 100 percent, I beat Ronda Rousey after this fight with Cat,” Nunes said, via “We wait for these moments. You can show that you’re prepared for the title only if you get these very big opportunities. I’m ready.”

Nunes is currently riding a two-fight winning streak with by wins by way of first-round knockout. 

If the Brazilian is able to get another win under her belt, she will likely jump up the rankings from her current No. 8 spot in the women's bantamweight division and be in line for a title shot. 

Nunes may need to earn another Octagon win before challenging Rousey, but a win over Zingano is a huge step in the right direction.

UFC 178 will take place on Sept. 27 in Las Vegas. A venue for the event has yet to be announced, but the pay-per-view card will be headlined by a rematch between champion Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson for the light heavyweight title.

- Josh Sanchez

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