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Quick facts for kidsJessica Aguilar
May 8, 1982 |
Poza Rica, Veracruz, Mexico
|Height||5 ft 3 in (1.60 m)|
|Weight||115 lb (52 kg; 8.2 st)|
|Reach||63 in (160 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Coconut Creek, Florida, U.S.|
|Team||American Top Team (2006–2020)
Main Street Boxing (2020–present)
|Rank||Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Ricardo Libório|
|Years active||2006–present (MMA)|
|Mixed martial arts record|
Jessica Aguilar (born May 8, 1982) is a Mexican-American mixed martial artist who competes in RIZIN. 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 and Ultimate Fighting Championship.
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.
On February 17, 2007, Aguilar faced Japanese pro wrestler Sumie Sakai at Combat Fighting Championship 3. She defeated Sakai by unanimous decision.
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.
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.
Aguilar was scheduled to make her Jewels debut in Japan on March 11, 2011 against Ayaka Hamasaki, but the event was cancelled due to the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.
On June 25, 2011, Aguilar returned to Bellator and faced Carla Esparza at Bellator 46. She defeated Esparza by split decision.
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 Lisa Ellis in a rematch at Bellator 58 on November 19, 2011. She missed weight for the fight, but won by unanimous decision.
Aguilar next faced Patricia Vidonic at Fight Time Promotions 8 on February 17, 2012. She defeated Vidonic by unanimous decision.
Aguilar returned to Bellator to face Megumi Fujii at Bellator 69 on May 18, 2012. She defeated Fujii by unanimous decision.
On March 28, 2013, Aguilar faced Patricia Vidonic in a rematch at Bellator 94. She won the back-and-forth fight via split decision.
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.
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
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.
WSOF Women's Strawweight Championship
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.
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'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; she would subsequently be replaced by Carla Esparza.
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.
Aguilar faced Zhang Weili on November 24, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 141. She lost the fight via submission in round one.
Aguilar faced Marina Rodriguez on March 30, 2019 at UFC on ESPN 2. She lost the fight via unanimous decision.
On May 16, 2019 it was reported that Aguilar was released by UFC.
Xtreme Fighting Championships
On October 5, 2020 it was announced that Aguilar signed with Xtreme Fighting Championships and would make her debut in November 2020. Later, it was announced that Aguilar would make her promotional debut against Danielle Taylor at XFC 43 on November 11, 2020. She lost the fight via split decision.
In July 2022 it was revealed that Aguilar would participate Rizin FF 2022 Super Atomweight Grand Prix and would face Ayaka Hamasaki in the quarterfinals at Rizin 37 on July 31, 2022.
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed martial arts
- Bellator Fighting Championships
- Bellator Season 3 Women's 115 lbs Tournament Semi-finalist
- 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)
- Two successful title defenses
- WSOF Women's Strawweight Championship (First; One time)
- International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|30 matches||20 wins||10 losses|
|Loss||20–10||Ayaka Hamasaki||Decision (unanimous)||Rizin 37||July 31, 2022||3||5:00||Saitama, Japan||2022 Super Atomweight Grand Prix Quarterfinals.|
|Loss||20–9||Danielle Taylor||Decision (split)||XFC 43||November 11, 2020||3||5:00||Atlanta, Georgia, United States|
|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 Semi-final.|
|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|
- List of female mixed martial artists
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