May 8, 1982|
Poza Rica, Veracruz, Mexico
|Nationality||Mexican and American|
|Height||5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)|
|Weight||115 lb (52 kg; 8.2 st)|
|Reach||61 in (155 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Coconut Creek, Florida, U.S.|
|Team||American Top Team|
|Rank||Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Ricardo Libório|
|Years active||2006-Present (MMA)|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
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.
Mixed martial arts career
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Aguilar agreed to rematch Zoila Frausto Gurgel in a non-title bout at a Bellator event in late October. However, she withdrew from the planned fight due to a prolonged recovery from foot surgery after her June win over Esparza.
Aguilar faced Megumi Fujii in a rematch at Vale Tudo Japan 3rd on October 5, 2013 in Tokyo, Japan. 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. The result of the fight was later changed to a technical majority decision win for Aguilar.
World Series of Fighting
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.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
On June 11, 2015, it was announced that Aguilar officially signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). She made her debut against Cláudia Gadelha on August 1, 2015 at UFC 190. She lost the fight by unanimous decision.
Aguilar next faced Cortney Casey at UFC 211 on May 13, 2017. She lost the fight via unanimous decision. However, the result of the fight was overturned to a No Contest after an in-competition drug test by Casey tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone. In turn, on June 30, the TDLR lifted Casey's three-month suspension and gave back her victory, which was overturned to a no contest.
Aguilar was scheduled to face Livia Renata Souza on February 18, 2018 at UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. Medeiros. However, Souza pulled out on February 10 due to a hand injury and the bout was scrapped.
Aguilar was scheduled to face Jodie Esquibel on June 1, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 131. Aguilar successfully weighed in, but the bout was removed from the card the day of the event by the NYSAC due to a concern over a medical issue with Aguilar. The pair eventually faced each other at UFC Fight Night 133 on July 14, 2018. Aguilar won the fight by unanimous decision.
Outside of mixed martial arts, Aguilar currently manages franchise development for the Boca Tanning Club chain in Florida. She is openly Lesbian and is living with her girlfriend as of 2012.
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed martial arts
- Bellator Fighting Championships
- 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
- World Series of Fighting
- WSOF Women's Strawweight Championship (First; One time)
- International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|26 matches||20 wins||6 losses|
|Win||20–6||Jodie Esquibel||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: dos Santos vs. Ivanov||July 14, 2018||3||5:00||Boise, Idaho, United States|
|Loss||19–6||Cortney Casey||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 211||May 13, 2017||3||5:00||Dallas, Texas, United States|
|Loss||19–5||Cláudia Gadelha||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 190||August 1, 2015||3||5:00||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||UFC Women's Strawweight title eliminator.|
|Win||19–4||Kalindra Faria||Decision (unanimous)||WSOF 15||November 15, 2014||5||5:00||Tampa, Florida, United States||Defended the WSOF Women's Strawweight Championship.|
|Win||18–4||Emi Fujino||Decision (unanimous)||WSOF 10||June 21, 2014||5||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, 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 inaugural 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||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 Magaña||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 Magaña||Verbal Submission (blood in the eye)||WFC 6: Battle in the Bay||March 22, 2008||3||1:53||Tampa, Florida, United States||Magaña 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 Magaña||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|
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