Photo via Twitter./Thomas Myers MMAMAnia

No, Cat Zingano is not the latest spokesperson for Rice Krispies, but rather details the shredded meat inside her knee that forced her to miss out on the mixed martial arts (MMA) opportunity of a lifetime.

“I was doing my regular routine, my strength and conditioning. I was jumping over tunnels that were about 12 inches high. I’d jumped over them like 10 times already. This one time, I jumped up and my left knee came down right on track and my right knee bent outward. Snap, crackle, pop, and I hit the floor. That was all she wrote. It was terrible. It hurt bad, but the thing that bothered me most was the sound. I never experienced anything like that.”

— Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Women’s Bantamweight No. 1 contender, Cat Zingano, tells Yahoo!Sports.com about how she injured her knee, forcing her off the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 18 and ruling her out of a title fight against 135-pound division champion, Ronda Rousey, later this year. Zingano today underwent secret surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and meniscus injury that she suffered in training and is expected to be sidelined from six to nine months. Miesha Tate, who “Alpha” defeated at TUF 17 Finale on April 13, 2013, to earn the historic opportunity as one of two females to serve as coaches on the promotion’s mixed martial arts (MMA) “reality” television franchise, has been tapped as Zingano’s replacement.

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