Talita Nogueira and Cat Zingano face off against different opponents at Bellator 256 on Friday night in Uncasville, Connecticut.
However, Nogueira said she signed a fight with the former UFC title contender on April 9, only to find out that it was Zingano who turned down.
Nogueira, who will face Jessica Borga in the Bellator 256 qualifiers, doesn’t know why Zingano changed her mind and decided instead to go along with Olivia Parker.
“I signed a contract to fight her, but that didn’t happen,” Nogueira said in an interview with MMA Fighting. “They wanted me to keep telling them how much I weighed, and I said I wouldn’t. I do not know what happened. I think they were worried about me getting too heavy after weighing in, and I don’t quite understand because Bellator knows that I am not gaining much weight. This is exactly my problem that I am not gaining too much weight. “
Treta said she nearly gained 198 pounds during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic when she couldn’t exercise normally in Los Angeles and refused to take any MMA fights until her weight dropped again … Now that a private gym has been built in her home garage, Nogueira is hoping Bellator will meet her in her next match against Zingano.
“If I win [Friday], I want to [this fight], “she said.” Now it’s a matter of honor for me. I was angry because I already trained in her style. It sucks when things change like that. [But] I know it happens.
“And then they had to change it again because [Bellator offered Arlene Blencowe]… I thought she was cooler and I don’t have time to adjust to her. I’ve been training for a grappler for a month, and now I’m fighting a tough striker? Fuck. Okay, we have to fight, I accepted it, and then they said it wouldn’t happen anymore. It’s been a busy week. “
Borga, her latest contender for Bellator 256, featured Amber Leibrock with a bandage on her arm in her promotional debut back in September 2019, but has not competed since then. Nogueira actively participated in jiu-jitsu, but had not entered the Bellator cage for 18 months.
The Brazilian featherweight champion was stopped by then-champion Julia Budd in 2018 and lost by split decision to Jesse Mile a year later.
Nogueira now feels like a different wrestler after a team change in the United States. This time, the multiple Jiu-Jitsu champion finally believed that she had a real MMA camp.
“The training was much better this time,” said Nogueira, who is now sparring more often. “I left a place where I did a lot of jiu-jitsu, in Demian. [Maia’s] gym and went to the gym just for beats [laughs]so my mind was confused. I lost all confidence in my takedowns and the punches were not for me, so you can only imagine what my head was.
“I was hit in the face for the first time in a fight with Julia. Then I was beaten for the first time. Even in training. I never did this, I had no idea how it was. I didn’t know what it felt like to bleed when they hit me in the face. You know, this was new to me? And in the next fight, I was too calm. I had cardio, but I was too calm. If I trained more in Jiu-Jitsu, like when I was with Demian, I would have won. This time I’m more finished. “