Once a home for showcasing the talent including Zoila Gurgel, Megumi Fujii, Jessica Aguilar, and others, it looks like Bellator will no longer be promoting fights featuring females for the foreseeable future if ever again. The company recently confirmed the three remaining women under contract – Aguilar, Jessica Eye, and Felice Herrig – had been cut in hopes of allowing them to fight more regularly outside of the organization given Bellator’s present direction.
“I’ve said many times that fighters need to fight and fight often. Given our current focus, we are not in position to provide these very deserving women regular and reoccurring fights on a large platform. And, I felt it was best to let them go and secure options that did,” explained CEO Bjorn Rebney in an official statement on the matter. “I genuinely wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors and will be rooting for each of them wherever they fight.”
Invicta FC has since announced the signing of Herrig, a 9-4 strawweight on a four-fight winning streak. Eye and Aguilar are sure to land new homes as well in the coming weeks. The former is 10-1 and one of the top 135ers outside of the UFC, while the latter holds an overall record of 15-4 and has won six straight scraps.