When The Ultimate Fighting Championship held a tournament at The Ultimate Fighter Season 20 to crown its first women’s 115 lb champion, many felt it was missing the division’s brightest star.
That fighter is Jessica Aguilar, a Mexico-born and Florida-based member of American Top Team.
“Jag,” as she is known, has accumulated a 19-4 record in MMA. Among her significant wins over the last five years was a 2011 bout against Carla Esparza, who went on to win the UFC title at the TUF 20 Finale. She also defeated Lisa Ellis, who went on to fight in the UFC, and the legendary Megumi Fujii, then widely acknowledged as the best fighter in women’s MMA.
So where was Aguilar when TUF 20 went down? She was winning and defending a strawweight title for MMA World Series of Fighting. Last November, “Jag” defended her title for the second time, extending her win streak to ten bouts.
But then, all went silent.
Last month, WSOF released Aguilar.
“We sat down with Jessica and her manager and we all agreed that she needs to move on to a place where she can compete against the best 115 pound women in the world,” WSOF President Ray Sefo said in a statement released May 18.
Yesterday, the fighter revealed she is officially signed to UFC.
Aguilar is scheduled to face Claudia Gadelha at UFC 190 on August 1 in Brazil. Their bout will be on the undercard of Ronda Rousey’s title defense against Bethe Correira.
Gadelha is 12-1 in MMA.