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Zoila Gurgel tears ACL, forced to withdraw from Bellator 57 fight

On Tuesday UFC champion Georges St. Pierre fell victim to a knee injury that forced him out of UFC 137. Today Bellator women’s champion Zoila Gurgel announced that she’s fallen victim to a knee injury as well, forcing her to withdraw from her Bellator 57 non-title fight against Carina Damm. Unfortunately for Gurgel, the news is much worse for her than it is for St. Pierre as she’s completely torn her ACL, which could put her on the shelf for close to a year.

“The Warrior Princess” took to Twitter to inform her fans of the bad news, saying, “I just took an MRI of my knee yesterday and results came back; I completely tore my ACL. If it was up to me, I still was planning on fighting. I am able to still move forward and box, and I am very confident in that and my cardio, but doctor and coaches say ‘No way in hell!’ So it’s off to surgery hopefully soon and back to the training ASAP.”

Gurgel has not fought since March when she picked up a unanimous decision victory over Karina Hallinan. On that same night her husband, Strikeforce fighter Jorge Gurgel, submitted Billy Vaughan in the first round. Zoila is currently on a six fight win streak, winning the Bellator women’s 115 lb tournament and title along the way, and also defeating the previously undefeated Megumi Fujii.

Bellator 57 is scheduled for November 12 at the Casino Rama in Rama, Ontario, Canada. The event will be headlined by the welterweight tournament final between Ben Saunders and Douglas Lima.