Jessica Aguilar

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Jessica Aguilar
Born (1982-05-08) May 8, 1982 (age 38)
Poza Rica, Veracruz, Mexico[1]
Other namesJAG
Height5 ft 3 in (1.60 m)[2]
Weight115 lb (52 kg; 8.2 st)
Reach63 in (160 cm)[2]
Fighting out ofCoconut Creek, Florida, U.S.
TeamAmerican Top Team
RankBrown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Ricardo Libório[3]
Years active2006-Present (MMA)
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout2
By submission8
By decision10
By submission2
By decision6
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Jessica Aguilar (born May 8, 1982) is a Mexican-American mixed martial artist, who last competed for the Ultimate Fighting Championship in the Strawweight division. 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[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.[4]

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.[5]

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.[6]

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.[7]

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.[8]

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.[9]

Aguilar was scheduled to make her Jewels debut in Japan on March 11, 2011 against Ayaka Hamasaki,[10] but the event was cancelled due to the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.[11]

On June 25, 2011, Aguilar returned to Bellator and faced Carla Esparza at Bellator 46. She defeated Esparza by split decision.[12]

Aguilar agreed to rematch Zoila Frausto Gurgel in a non-title bout at a Bellator event in late October.[13] However, she withdrew from the planned fight due to a prolonged recovery from foot surgery after her June win over Esparza.[14]

Aguilar faced Lisa Ellis in a rematch at Bellator 58 on November 19, 2011.[15] She missed weight for the fight, but won by unanimous decision.[16]

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

Aguilar returned to Bellator to face Megumi Fujii at Bellator 69 on May 18, 2012.[19] She defeated Fujii by unanimous decision.[20]

On March 28, 2013, Aguilar faced Patricia Vidonic in a rematch at Bellator 94.[21] She won the back-and-forth fight via split decision.[22]

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.[23][24]

Aguilar faced Megumi Fujii in a rematch at Vale Tudo Japan 3rd on October 5, 2013 in Tokyo, Japan.[25] 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.[26] The result of the fight was later changed to a technical majority decision win for Aguilar.[27]

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.[28]

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.

Aguilar made her second title defense against Kalindra Faria on November 15, 2014 at WSOF 15. She again was victorious via unanimous decision.

On May 18, 2015 Aguilar was granted her release from WSOF, to pursue fighting in the UFC.[29]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

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.[30] She lost the fight by unanimous decision.[31]

Aguilar's next bout was expected to be against Juliana Lima at UFC 197. However, on March 18 she revealed that she had torn her ACL and that it would require surgery.[32]

Aguilar next faced Cortney Casey at UFC 211 on May 13, 2017.[33] 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.[34]

Aguilar was scheduled to face Livia Renata Souza on February 18, 2018 at UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. Medeiros.[35] However, Souza pulled out on February 10 due to a hand injury and the bout was scrapped.[36]

Aguilar was scheduled to face Jodie Esquibel on June 1, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 131.[37] 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.[38] The pair eventually faced each other at UFC Fight Night 133 on July 14, 2018.[39] Aguilar won the fight by unanimous decision.[40]

Aguilar faced Zhang Weili on November 24, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 141.[41] She lost the fight via submission in round one.[42]

Aguilar faced Marina Rodriguez on March 30, 2019 at UFC on ESPN 2.[43] She lost the fight via unanimous decision.[44]

On May 16, 2019 it was reported that Aguilar was released by UFC.[45]

Personal life[edit]

Outside of mixed martial arts, Aguilar currently manages franchise development for the Boca Tanning Club chain in Florida.[46] She is openly lesbian and is living with her girlfriend as of 2012.[47][48]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Submission grappling[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
28 matches 20 wins 8 losses
By knockout 2 0
By submission 8 2
By decision 10 6
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 20–8 Marina Rodriguez Decision (unanimous) UFC on ESPN: Barboza vs. Gaethje March 30, 2019 3 5:00 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States Rodriguez was deducted one point in round 1 due to repeated eye pokes.
Loss 20–7 Zhang Weili Submission (armbar) UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Ngannou 2 November 24, 2018 1 3:41 Beijing, China
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 Technical 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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