Is the UFC missing someone from the list of ladies signed to The Ultimate Fighter 20?Maybe Jessica Aguilar? It only seems fitting that the top MMA promotion in the world would sign the top ranked female strawweight in the world. And that may be the only unanswered questions of her career now as she prepares to take reign in the World Series of Fighting.
Jag, as she is known, is proud to be competing for the Las Vegas based promotion’s inaugural women’s title on January 18, but also may have wanted to conquer several opponents before a championship match.
“No and yes,” responded Aguilar when asked if she would have rather fought in a tournament style competition first, and whether she believes she has already earned the opportunity. Still she has repeatedly said since her WSOF signing, “I am in the place I am supposed to be.”
When the American Top Team fighter attended WSOF’s first event in Miami last year she felt Ray Sefo and company organized a good card that fans and other local fighters seemed to enjoy. “They loved WSOF,” she says about the event that convinced the organization to return for it’s next show WSOF 8.
It may take some time for WSOF to build a marketable division for Jessica Aguilar, but she is confident that her signing will spark interests of other female strawweights into joining the organization. Hopefully, but with Invicta FC and now UFC holding most of the division’s top fighters it may be a tough sell. They have managed to bring on top contender Alida Gray (4-0), who will be Aguilar’s opponent for the title, but for the moment that’s it. Patrica Vidonic, recently supported by Ronda Rousey for TUF 20 is also an available option if she doesn’t get a call from Dana first. And the possibility of Jessica being called up as well is still not far-fetched as the UFC may consider buying out her contract after the January 18 bout.
The exact details of her new contract aren’t known, but’s its no secret that she was actively pursuing other promotions since her release from Bellator. Whatever the outcome the 16-4 fighter is excited about WSOF 08 and finally having a shot at a world title. “It’s been a long time coming and I am ready!,” says Aguilar. And when asked how she would title this chapter in her career she simply replied, ” 2014…The Year of the Jag.”