Who says MMA promotions never have the fighters best interest in mind? The WSOF proved that statement wrong on Monday by announcing they had released straw-weight champion Jessica Aguilar from her contract. The reason for Aguilar’s release was to allow her to pursue better opportunities.
In press release WSOF president Ray Sefo said of Aguilar, “We wish Jessica all the best, and hope that she will achieve everything she wants to in her career that is blossoming. We sat down with Jessica and her manager and we all agreed that she needs to move on to a place where she can compete against the best 115 pound women in the world.”
The “place” Sefo is speaking of is presumed to be the UFC. The Zuffa owned promotion successfully launched a women’s straw-weight division late last year. The division was introduced by having a champion crowned during a season of the Ultimate Fighter and since then new fighters like current champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk, Paige VanZant, and Michelle Waterson have either debuted or have been signed to a contract.
Aguilar (19-4) had widely been considered the best straw-weight before the UFC debuted the division and is still considered the best fighter outside of the organization. “We have an incredible and fast-growing roster of world-class athletes at WSOF, but we do not have the best fighters in this particular women’s weight class, so it was time to shake hands and amicably part ways” said Sefo.
Aguilar went 3-0 while in the WSOF and during her time with Bellator MMA she compiled a 5-1 record with her biggest win being over former UFC straw-weight champion Carla Esparza. Aguilar has not lost a bout since 2010.