With welterweights receiving the bulk of the focus this past weekend at Bellator 35 it may actually be a preliminary card fighter drawing the most attention in the coming weeks as 115-pound champ Zoila Gurgel (formerly Frausto) broke her right hand early on in the second round of her bout against Karina Hallinan and could be out for six months while the injury heals.
Gurgel’s condition was listed in a medical report issued by the California State Athletic Commission and confirmed by the newlywed via Twitter where she wrote, “Fudggggge! It’s broken and my knuckle is gone! No more throwing haymakers over my opponents head for a while. Crapola!”
She also offered a sliver of insight into the extent of the damage saying it was “just a little bone”.
Five Ounces of Pain spoke with a Bellator official who explained the company is under the impression Gurgel will be out at least six weeks and that rematch between her and Megumi Fujii in May is no longer an option based on the lack of preparation time involved.
If she is indeed out six months it will put the “Warrior Princess” on the shelf until Bellator Season 5 debuts this Fall.
Frausto is 11-1 as a professional including a title-winning performance against formerly unbeaten Fujii. Eight of her victories have come by way of decision though in fairness her appearances have ranged in weight as a means of suiting a bout’s need rather than allowing her to compete under ideal circumstances. She is 5-0 in Bellator with wins over Rosi Sexton, Jessica Penne, and Jessica Aguilar.
The majority of the other names listed on the CSAC document suffered facial lacerations at the event including opponents Waachim Spiritwolf and Jamie Jara, as well as Season 4 Welterweight Tournament fighters Brent Weedman and “Judo” Jim Wallhead. Weedman advanced to the semi-final round after outpointing Dan Hornbuckle and, like the others, has been suspended sixty days with a reduction in time pending the clearance of a doctor.
Read below for a complete list of Bellator 35 medical suspensions:
Jesus Castro – Suspended for 45 days with no contact for 30 days (Precautionary Reasons)
Karina Hallinan – Suspended for 60 days for right eye laceration
Zoila Gurgel – Suspended 180 days for possible right hand fracture pending clearance from a physician
Waachim Spiritwolf – Suspended 60 days for facial laceration pending clearance from a physician
Jamie Jara – Suspended 60 days for facial lacerations pending clearance from a physician
Jim Wallhead – Suspended 60 days for right eye laceration pending clearance from a physician
Brent Weedman – Suspended 60 days for facial laceration pending clearance from a physician