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Zingano's X-Factor: The Moment
At the weigh-ins Zingano was shaking from adrenaline. Miesha Tate was completely calm. During her entrance she was brought to tears by the moment, and again Tate was calm.
During the first round of her fight, Zingano was visibly stiff. It nearly cost her dearly. How will she react to the moment of this big fight?
This isn't a normal second fight in the Octagon. Rousey's star power will demand significant media work from Zingano, and the added attention from The Ultimate Fighter will also play in. She has never had to deal with headlining a card like this.
Will the moment dwarf her, or will she pull off a Rampage Jackson type performance? If one remembers, Jackson was very nervous for his Octagon debut, but his second fight was against Chuck Liddell for the gold. Jackson was comfortable and won. The difference is that Jackson was accustomed to big stage and had already fought Liddell. Luxuries Zingano does not have against Rousey.
We will learn a lot during that particular fight week from Zingano.
Rousey's X-Factor: Striking
Miesha Tate is not known as a great striker, but she was able to connect on Zingano a lot. And they were clean, hard shots.
Rousey has the ability and opportunity to use her striking to stymie Zingano.
Zingano's best abilities are in the wrestling and jiu-jitsu departments. If Rousey wants to simply avoid that, she can use her technical boxing abilities to keep Zingano on the outside and touch her up. Then, if she wants, she can decide to close the distance and use her judo.
Rousey's striking can firmly cement this fight for her. It will allow her to dictate where the fight takes place and at what pace it goes. A huge potential advantage for the champion.