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Zoila Frausto-Gurgel signs with Invicta FC

It looks like Zoila Frausto-Gurgel has found a new home after a tumultuous relationship with her former employer Bellator. Frausto-Gurgel is still currently the strawweight champion for the promotion, but after her contract expired the promotion let her go. She had taken nearly a year and a half off before she returned from injury, but being put on the undercard felt like disrespect to Frausto-Gurgel. She took an unanimous decision over Casey Noland, and then she fought a second time two months later,with Jessica Eye submitting her with a standing arm-triangle choke less than a minute into the first round. That fight came at flyweight, which is a higher weight class than she usually fights at, because Bellator had all but stopped putting on fights at 115 pounds for women.

Frausto-Gurgel’s undercard placement was not the first time that she had problems with Bellator. While the UFC has medical insurance for fighters when they get hurt in training, Bellator fighters are not so lucky. When Frausto-Gurgel injured her ACL she and her husband were forced to foot the bill. They had taken to social media sites to air their displeasure, and Bjorn Rebney promised to pay for the surgeries. As of October of last year, Frausto-Gurgel says she is still trying to pay off the medical bills all by herself.

Fighting in Invicta FC will allow her to go back to her natural weight class of 115, but her debut will come at flyweight(125 lbs.). She will be facing Jennifer Maia, who is 6-2 through her three-year career. Her only losses have come to current Invicta FC fighter Vanessa Porto and another flyweight up-and-comer in Sheila Gaff. Frausto-Gurgel looks to get back on track after losing her last bout, and to earn another belt – whether it comes at fly- or strawweight.

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