Former Strikeforce Bantamweight Champion Miesha Tate has signed a multi-fight deal with the UFC. In a press release sent to media, Tate and her management both commented on the new deal as if Tate’s opponent was unannounced. Moments after the email was received, UFC officials confirmed that Tate would fight the undefeated Cat Zingano at The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale. The bout is scheduled for April 13, and will take place at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
Tate spoke of the new deal, saying, “It is every mixed martial artist’s dream to compete in the UFC. It’s exciting knowing that the deal is officially in place, and I can begin working to book my first UFC opponent. I want to thank the UFC and Malki Kawa for helping to make this dream a reality.”
Kawa – her manager – added, “This is a big stepping stone for Miesha in her career. She has proven herself to be one of the best fighters in the world, and I am excited that she will now be showcasing her ability in the UFC.”
The event will also feature the welterweight final from TUF 17 in addition to a heavyweight tilt between Travis Browne and Gabriel Gonzaga.