While former Bellator Women’s 115-pound champion Zoila Frausto Gurgel is only a couple of days away from her fight against fellow Brazilian fighter Vanessa Porto, at Invicta FC 7, “The Warrior Princess” is already looking adding a new title to her combat sports resume.
Back in November, WCK Muay Thai announced that The Warrior Princess signed a multi-fight deal with the company and will make her professional Muay Thai debut in February 2014. Although Gurgel currently fights for Invicta FC, President Shannon Knapp has allowed the former champion to take her striking skills to the ring.
Gurgel is one of several MMA fighters who have recently been going back and forth between Muay Thai and mixed martial arts. Invicta FC Featherweight champion Cris “Cyborg” Justino made her return to the sport back in September at Lion Fight 11 where she defeated French fighter Jennifer Colomb.
Prospect Kaiyana Rain faced veteran Miranda Cayabyab in her Muay Thai debut at Lion Fight 12. Although she went against someone with more experience, Rain handled her own and went the distance. Despite losing the fight by decision, Rain said she would like to return to the ring.
I think Gurgel’s experience in MMA, specially her durability and conditioning, will be an asset to her in the ring. Although she may not have a lot of knockouts on her mixed martial arts record, The Warrior Princess could striking abilities unlike anything fans have ever seen.
Even if her punching and kicking is not up to par as other well-known professional Muay Thai fighters, Gurgel could put on an impressive performance in her first fight and continue to gain experience with each fight. The Warriors Princess continues to compete in Muay Thai, she could add more gold to her trophy case.
I think competing in Muay Thai will help her improve her striking, which would not only help her in the ring, but also in the cage when she fights her next MMA bout.
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