Jessica Aguilar

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Jessica Aguilar
Born (1982-05-08) May 8, 1982 (age 32)
Houston, TX[1]
Other names Jag
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)
Weight 115 lb (52 kg; 8.2 st)
Division Strawweight
Reach 61.0 inches (1.55 m)[2]
Fighting out of Coconut Creek, Florida, U.S.
Team American Top Team
Rank purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Years active 2006-Present (MMA)
Mixed martial arts record
Total 22
Wins 18
By knockout 2
By submission 8
By decision 8
Losses 4
By submission 1
By decision 3
Website http://jessicaaguilar.com/
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Jessica Aguilar (born May 8, 1982) is a Mexican-born American female mixed martial artist who previously competed for Bellator Fighting Championships. She advanced to the semi-finals of the 2010 Bellator 115 lbs women's tournament. She currently fights for the World Series of Fighting, where she is the Women's Strawweight champion.

Aguilar is currently the #4-ranked pound-for-pound female MMA fighter in the world by MMARising.com[3] and the #1-ranked female strawweight according to the Unified Women's MMA Rankings.[4]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

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.[5]

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.[6]

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.[7]

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.[8]

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.[9]

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.[10]

Aguilar was scheduled to make her Jewels debut in Japan on March 11, 2011 against Ayaka Hamasaki,[11] but the event was cancelled due to the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.[12]

On June 25, 2011, Aguilar returned to Bellator and faced Carla Esparza at Bellator 46. She defeated Esparza by split decision.[13]

Aguilar agreed to rematch Zoila Frausto Gurgel in a non-title bout at a Bellator event in late October.[14] However, she withdrew from the planned fight due to a prolonged recovery from foot surgery after her June win over Esparza.[15]

Aguilar faced Lisa Ellis in a rematch at Bellator 58 on November 19, 2011.[16] She missed weight for the fight, but won by unanimous decision.[17]

Aguilar next faced Patricia Vidonic at Fight Time Promotions 8 on February 17, 2012.[18] She defeated Vidonic by unanimous decision.[19]

Aguilar returned to Bellator to face Megumi Fujii at Bellator 69 on May 18, 2012.[20] She defeated Fujii by unanimous decision.[21]

On March 28, 2013, Aguilar faced Patricia Vidonic in a rematch at Bellator 94.[22] She won the back-and-forth fight via split decision.[23]

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.[24][25]

Aguilar faced Megumi Fujii in a rematch at Vale Tudo Japan 3rd on October 5, 2013 in Tokyo, Japan.[26] 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.[27] The result of the fight was later changed to a technical majority decision win for Aguilar.[28]

World Series of Fighting[edit]

It was announced on November 11, 2013 that Aguilar had signed with World Series of Fighting, becoming the first female fighter to sign with the promotion.[29]

Aguilar made her WSOF debut on January 18, 2014 as she faced Alida Gray at WSOF 8 for the WSOF Women's Strawweight Championship. She won the fight via submission in the first round to become the promotion's first female champion.

In her first title defense, Aguilar faced Emi Fujino on June 21, 2014 at WSOF 10. She won the fight via unanimous decision.

Personal life[edit]

Outside of mixed martial arts, Aguilar currently manages franchise development for the Boca Tanning Club chain in Florida.[30] She is openly gay and is living with her girlfriend as of 2012. [31][32]

A 2012 article by Lorreta Hunt described Aguilar as being bisexual.[33] However in October 2013 Aguilar said to the Huffington Post, in reference to the Hunt article, "The interview was transcribed in a way that announced that I was a bisexual fighter and that is not true. For the record I am not bisexual, I am 100 percent a lesbian. I am proud to be a leader for females across the globe in the LGBT world!" [34]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

  • Women's MMA Awards
    • 2011 Female Flyweight of the Year
    • 2010 Female Fan Favorite of the Year
    • 2012 Florida MMA Female Fighter of the Year

Submission grappling[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 18–4 Emi Fujino Decision (unanimous) WSOF 10 June 21, 2014 5 5:00 San Jose, California, United States Defended the WSOF Women's Strawweight Championship
Win 17–4 Alida Gray Submission (arm-triangle choke) WSOF 8 January 18, 2014 1 2:45 Hollywood, Florida, United States Won the WSOF Women's Strawweight Championship
Win 16–4 Megumi Fujii Technical Decision (majority) Vale Tudo Japan 3rd October 5, 2013 2 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 15–4 Patricia Vidonic Decision (split) Bellator 94 March 28, 2013 3 5:00 Tampa, Florida, United States
Win 14–4 Megumi Fujii Decision (unanimous) Bellator 69 May 18, 2012 3 5:00 Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States
Win 13–4 Patricia Vidonic Decision (unanimous) Fight Time Promotions 8 February 17, 2012 3 5:00 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
Win 12–4 Lisa Ellis Decision (unanimous) Bellator 58 November 19, 2011 3 5:00 Hollywood, Florida, United States
Win 11–4 Carla Esparza Decision (split) Bellator 46 June 25, 2011 3 5:00 Hollywood, Florida, United States
Win 10–4 Elsie Henri Submission (armbar) G-Force Fights: Bad Blood 4 November 18, 2010 1 1:22 Coral Gables, Florida, United States
Loss 9–4 Zoila Frausto Gurgel Decision (split) Bellator 31 September 30, 2010 3 5:00 Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States Bellator Season 3 Women's 115 lbs Tournament Semifinal.
Win 9–3 Lynn Alvarez Submission (arm-triangle choke) Bellator 24 August 12, 2010 1 4:01 Hollywood, Florida, United States Bellator Season 3 Women's 115 lbs Tournament Quarterfinal.
Win 8–3 Catia Vitoria TKO (punches) Action Fight League: Rock-N-Rumble 3 June 4, 2010 1 4:17 Hollywood, Florida, United States
Win 7–3 Valerie Coolbaugh Submission (triangle choke) Action Fight League: Rock-N-Rumble 2 March 5, 2010 2 3:28 Hollywood, Florida, United States
Win 6–3 Amanda Duvall Submission (arm-triangle choke) Unconquered 1: November Reign November 20, 2009 2 1:32 Coral Gables, Florida, United States
Loss 5–3 Angela Magana Decision (majority) HOOKnSHOOT: GFight 2009 Grand Prix January 16, 2009 3 3:00 Evansville, Indiana, United States HOOKnSHOOT GFight 2009 115 lbs Grand Prix Quarterfinal.
Win 5–2 Angela Magana Verbal Submission (blood in the eye) WFC 6: Battle in the Bay March 22, 2008 3 1:53 Tampa, Florida, United States Magana tried to signal to the referee that Aguilar was bleeding into her eye and the referee mistook this for a verbal submission.
Loss 4–2 Carina Damm Decision (unanimous) BodogFight: Vancouver August 25, 2007 3 5:00 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Win 4–1 Angela Magana Submission (armbar) WFC 3: Turf Wars April 7, 2007 1 3:09 Tampa, Florida, United States
Win 3–1 Sumie Sakai Decision (unanimous) Combat Fighting Championship 3 February 17, 2007 3 5:00 Orlando, Florida, United States
Win 2–1 Tamera Arnold Submission (guillotine choke) Combat Fighting Championship 2 September 23, 2006 2 4:40 Orlando, Florida, United States
Win 1–1 Lindsay Ketchum TKO (corner stoppage) Combat Fighting Championship 1 July 15, 2006 1 5:00 Orlando, Florida, United States
Loss 0–1 Lisa Ellis Submission (rear-naked choke) Absolute Fighting Championships 15 February 18, 2006 2 2:53 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jessica Aguilar Official Site". JessicaAguilar.com. 
  2. ^ "Jessica Aguilar Awakening Profile". Awakeningfighters.com. Retrieved 2014-02-23. 
  3. ^ "Women's MMA Pound-For-Pound Rankings". MMARising.com. Retrieved 2013-12-01. 
  4. ^ "Unified Women's Mixed Martial Arts Rankings". MMARising.com. Retrieved 2013-12-01. 
  5. ^ "CFC 3 News Release". Sherdog.com. 2007-03-15. Retrieved 2011-07-01. 
  6. ^ "Aguilar Submits Coolbaugh at 'Rumble at the Rock 2'". Sherdog.com. 2010-03-06. Retrieved 2011-07-01. 
  7. ^ "'Krazy Horse' Drops Decision in AFL; Popovitch Victorious". Sherdog.com. 2010-06-04. Retrieved 2011-07-01. 
  8. ^ "Aguilar Completes Bellator Women's Tournament". MMARising.com. 2010-06-23. Retrieved 2011-07-01. 
  9. ^ "Fujii, Aguilar Both Victorious At Bellator 24". MMARising.com. 2010-08-12. Retrieved 2011-07-01. 
  10. ^ "Fujii, Frausto Advance To Bellator Women's Final". MMARising.com. 2010-09-30. Retrieved 2011-07-01. 
  11. ^ "Ward Injured, Aguilar To Face Hamasaki At "Twelfth Ring"". MMARising.com. 2011-03-04. Retrieved 2011-07-01. 
  12. ^ "Jewels Cancels "Twelfth Ring" After Massive Earthquake". MMARising.com. 2011-03-11. Retrieved 2011-07-01. 
  13. ^ "Bellator 46 Prelims: Aguilar Takes Split Decision, 'Popo' Impresses". Sherdog.com. 2011-06-25. Retrieved 2011-07-01. 
  14. ^ "Zoila Gurgel vs Jessica Aguilar 2 Targeted For Late October". MMARising.com. 2011-08-31. Retrieved 2011-08-31. 
  15. ^ "Zoila Gurgel Now Set To Face Carina Damm At Bellator 57". MMARising.com. 2011-09-22. Retrieved 2011-09-22. 
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  18. ^ "Jessica Aguilar vs Patricia Vidonic Official For February 17". MMARising.com. 2012-01-24. Retrieved 2012-01-25. 
  19. ^ "Jessica Aguilar Victorious In Fight Time Promotions 8 Headliner". MMARising.com. 2012-02-17. Retrieved 2012-02-17. 
  20. ^ "Megumi Fujii vs Jessica Aguilar Confirmed For Bellator 69". MMARising.com. 2012-04-02. Retrieved 2012-04-02. 
  21. ^ "Jessica Aguilar Defeats Megumi Fujii At Bellator 69". MMARising.com. 2012-05-18. Retrieved 2012-05-18. 
  22. ^ "Jessica Aguilar vs Patricia Vidonic Rematch Set For Bellator 94". MMARising.com. 2013-02-27. Retrieved 2013-02-27. 
  23. ^ "Jessica Aguilar, Felice Herrig Victorious At Bellator 94 In Florida". MMARising.com. 2013-03-28. Retrieved 2013-03-28. 
  24. ^ "With final three females released, Bellator issues statement on women's division". MMAjunkie.com. 2013-08-13. Retrieved 2013-08-13. 
  25. ^ "Bellator Releases Jessica Aguilar and Jessica Eye". MMAWeekly.com. 2013-08-13. Retrieved 2013-08-13. 
  26. ^ "Megumi Fujii vs Jessica Aguilar 2 Set For Vale Tudo Japan 3rd". MMARising.com. 2013-09-09. Retrieved 2013-09-20. 
  27. ^ "Jessica Aguilar Stops Megumi Fujii In Vale Tudo Japan 3rd Rematch". MMARising.com. 2013-10-05. Retrieved 2013-10-05. 
  28. ^ "Aguilar-Fujii Result Changed, Now Deemed A Technical Decision". MMARising.com. 2013-10-09. Retrieved 2013-10-09. 
  29. ^ "Jessica Aguilar Signs with WSOF, Becomes First Female on Promotion's Roster". Sherdog.com. 2013-11-11. Retrieved 2013-11-11. 
  30. ^ "Jessica Aguilar: Strength & Inspiration Through Adversity". MMARising.com. 2011-06-21. Retrieved 2011-07-01. 
  31. ^ "Aguilar looks to graduate from crowd-pleaser to contender". SI.com. 2012-05-17. Retrieved 2012-05-18. 
  32. ^ "Voice To Voice: Jessica Aquilar and Alyssa Puno Discuss Latina Heritage And Sexuality". HuffingtonPost. 2013-10-20. Retrieved 2013-10-20. 
  33. ^ "Aguilar looks to graduate from crowd-pleaser to contender". SI.com. 2012-05-17. Retrieved 2012-05-18. 
  34. ^ "Voice To Voice: Jessica Aquilar and Alyssa Puno Discuss Latina Heritage And Sexuality". HuffingtonPost. 2013-10-20. Retrieved 2013-10-20. 

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