UFC Fighter: Jessica Aguilar

Jessica Aguilar (born May 8, 1982) is a Mexican American mixed martial artist currently signed to the Ultimate Fighting Championship. At the time of her voluntary departure from World Series of Fighting, she was the reigning WSOF Women’s Strawweight Champion. Aguilar previously competed for Bellator Fighting Championships. She advanced to the semi-finals of the 2010 Bellator 115 lbs women’s tournament.

As of October 2, 2015 Sherdog list Aguilar as #3 female Strawweight in the world, while Fight Matrix and MMARising (Unified Women’s Mixed Martial Arts Rankings) list her as #4.[4][5][6]

 

Aguilar made her professional mixed martial arts debut on February 18, 2006 at Absolute Fighting Championships 15. She faced Lisa Ellis and was defeated by submission due to a rear-naked choke in the second round.

On February 17, 2007, Aguilar faced Japanese pro wrestler Sumie Sakai at Combat Fighting Championship 3. She defeated Sakai by unanimous decision.[7]

Aguilar faced Valerie Coolbaugh on March 5, 2010 at Action Fight League: Rock-N-Rumble 2. She defeated Coolbaugh by submission due to a triangle choke in the second round.[8]

Aguilar returned to Action Fight League on June 4, 2010 at Rock-N-Rumble 3. She defeated Catia Vitoria by TKO in the first round.[9]

On June 23, 2010, Bellator Fighting Championships announced that Aguilar had signed on to take part in the promotion’s 115 lbs women’s tournament.[10]

Aguilar made her Bellator debut at Bellator 24 on August 12, 2010. She defeated Lynn Alvarez by submission due to an arm-triangle choke in the first round to advance to the semi-finals of the Bellator tournament.[11]

On September 30, 2010, Aguilar faced Zoila Frausto Gurgel at Bellator 31. She was defeated by a controversial split decision, having dominated most of the match.[12]

Aguilar was scheduled to make her Jewels debut in Japan on March 11, 2011 against Ayaka Hamasaki,[13] but the event was cancelled due to the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.[14]

On June 25, 2011, Aguilar returned to Bellator and faced Carla Esparza at Bellator 46. She defeated Esparza by split decision.[15]

Aguilar agreed to rematch Zoila Frausto Gurgel in a non-title bout at a Bellator event in late October.[16] However, she withdrew from the planned fight due to a prolonged recovery from foot surgery after her June win over Esparza.[17]

Aguilar faced Lisa Ellis in a rematch at Bellator 58 on November 19, 2011.[18] She missed weight for the fight, but won by unanimous decision.[19]

Aguilar next faced Patricia Vidonic at Fight Time Promotions 8 on February 17, 2012.[20] She defeated Vidonic by unanimous decision.[21]

Aguilar returned to Bellator to face Megumi Fujii at Bellator 69 on May 18, 2012.[22] She defeated Fujii by unanimous decision.[23]

On March 28, 2013, Aguilar faced Patricia Vidonic in a rematch at Bellator 94.[24] She won the back-and-forth fight via split decision.[25]

Along with Jessica Eye, Aguilar was released by Bellator on August 13, 2013. Aguilar and Eye were the last remaining female fighters on the Bellator roster.[26][27]

Aguilar faced Megumi Fujii in a rematch at Vale Tudo Japan 3rd on October 5, 2013 in Tokyo, Japan.[28] Aguilar initially won by TKO when the doctor stopped the fight after round two due to a Fujii eye injury that was caused by two accidental eye pokes.[29] The result of the fight was later changed to a technical majority decision win for Aguilar.[30]