UFC President Dana White today announced on Instagram that the women’s 135-pound title fight joins a headliner featuring middleweight champ Chris Weidman (12-0 MMA, 8-0 UFC) vs. Vitor Belfort (24-10 MMA, 13-6 UFC) at the Feb. 28 pay-per-view event at Los Angeles’ Staples Center.
Rousey and Zingano originally were scheduled to co-headline UFC 182 on Jan. 2 at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena. The reason for the switch was not given.
Earlier today, Belfort tweeted he had signed a contract for the title shot, which was delayed a second time when Weidman suffered a knee injury that forced the UFC to postpone a scheduled meeting at UFC 181 on Dec. 6 in Las Vegas.
The two originally were set to meet in May at UFC 173 before Belfort was pulled from the card in the wake of the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s ban on testosterone-replacement therapy, of which Belfort was a multi-year participant. Weidman went on to fight Lyoto Machida and earned a unanimous decision.
The UFC moved Weidman vs. Belfort to Feb. 28 in Los Angeles. Upon receiving a conditional license for UFC 181, the NSAC said it would rigorously drug test Belfort in advance of the event. Instead, it handed the job to the CSAC when the card was moved.
Zingano re-earned her title shot this past month with a third-round TKO of Amanda Nunes at UFC 178, which came 16 months after she injured her ACL and was forced to withdraw from a coaching spot on “The Ultimate Fighter 18″ and a fight against Rousey.
Rousey, meanwhile, defended her belt a fourth time in July with a 16-second stoppage of Alexis Davis at UFC 175. In lieu of Zingano’s injury, she coached “TUF 18″ opposite rival Miesha Tate and earned a third-round submission. In February, she stopped Sara McMann via first-round TKO.