As the days wind down to the first UFC women’s strawweight bout between Claudia Gadelha and Tina Lahdemaki, Jessica “Jag” Aguilar has already proven herself as the No. 1 115-pound women’s fighter in the world.
Aguilar defeated Japanese superstar Emi “The Kamikaze Angel” Fujino to retain the World Series of Fighting Women’s Strawweight championship at last night’s WSOF 10 event. Jag not only extended her winning streak to nine bouts, but also became the first WSOF champion to successfully defend her title.
Around the same time the UFC announced they were putting together a women’s strawweight division, Aguilar made headlines after she became the first female fighter to sign with WSOF. Even before she committed herself to the promotion, many considered Aguilar the top women’s 115-pound competitor. Her fight resume is filled with a who’s who of top women’s MMA talent. She has two wins over Megumi Fujii and a victory over former Invicta FC Strawweight champion Carla Esparza. Her last loss was in 2010 when she dropped a split-decision to then-Bellator women’s champion Zoila Frausto Gurgel.
Although many fans consider Jag the top women’s strawweight in the world, they hope she can finish out her WSOF contract and make her way to the octagon. I certainly think Aguilar has earned a UFC contract and would more than hold her own against most of the talent that are already in the UFC.
But she also wants to build a legacy and I think having success in more than one promotion will only add to her claim as the top strawweight in the world, but establish her as one of the best women fighters of all-time.
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