Cat Zingano Defeats Leah McCourt By Decision In Back-And-Forth Contest – Bellator 293 Results (Highlights)

McCourt edges Zingano over the distance.

Mccourt Zingano

The co-main event of Bellator 293 is here.

Former UFC title challenger Cat Zingano returns to action when she meets Northern Ireland’s Leah McCourt. The women’s featherweight bout with massive title implications takes place in Temecula, California.

Round 1:

Zingano fires off a few leg kicks to start the fight. McCourt tags Zingano with a right hand. Zingano throws a headkick before getting a takedown on McCourt. Within just a few seconds, McCourt manages to get back up to her feet. They clinch and McCourt presses and controls Zingano against the cage. Zingano hurts McCourt with an elbow.

McCourt looks to trip her opponent, but Zingano defends well. They separate. McCourt pressures Zingano and once again they enter the clinch with McCourt having the dominant position inside it. McCourt gets Zingano down to the ground, but Zingano reverses position and gets the back of McCourt. McCourt defends any possibility of a rear-naked choke by blocking the hands. 

Round 2:

McCourt catches a kick from Zingano and gets her down on the ground to begin the round. McCourt has top position for a moment but Zingano reverses it. They work their way up to the feet but go at each other on the ground again after another kick attempt gone wrong.. McCourt now has top position, gaining side control and then full mount.

McCourt lands massive strikes on Zingano from posture, nearly ending the fight. Zingano not only survives but reverses position, gaining top control and the back of McCourt. Zingano looks for a rear-naked choke but doesn’t find it on the defensive McCourt. Zingano lands a few punches before the round ends.

Round 3:

McCourt stuns Zingano with strikes on the feet before controlling her on the ground. McCourt lands illegal punches to the back of the head in this moment. The referee stands them back up, giving a stern warning to McCourt for it.

McCourt clinches with Zingano before getting a takedown. McCourt topples Zingano for a minute but Zingano is once again able to turn the fight back into her favor as she finds a reversal. ‘Alpha’ now has top control and later gets the back of McCourt. They get back to their feet and Zingano lands a crushing knee. McCourt takes it and still find another takedown on Zingano. She then takes the back of Zingano. In the final seconds of the fight, Zingano reverses the Irishwoman to end the round in the dominant position.

Official result: Cat Zingano defeats Leah McCourt by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28) 

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Published on March 31, 2023 at 11:42 pm
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