Bellator releases remaining women from the roster

Bellator releases remaining women from the roster

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.

7 COMMENTS
  • SBERG says:

    So who wants to put odds on when the rest of the roster is released? lol

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  • MickeyC says:

    Depends on the PPV. If it bombs, I wonder how much further viacom will bury into this. Didnt Elite XC fold right after a PPV.

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  • SBERG says:

    The circumstances behind Elite were alot different but yea after kimbo lost they go bye- bye…

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  • darth_irritable says:

    Viacom kept pouring money into Viacom. No reason to believe they won’t continue to do so.

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  • fanoftna33 says:

    Cant wait to see these ladies in Invicta, I know Herrig already signed with them and she is a great fighter, ranked 4th or 6th but Aguilar is ranked 1st at 115 so getting two top 10 ranked ladied to that division is great for invicta ( if they do get Jessica ). Jessica eye has a pretty good record with only 1 loss but I cant say I remember watching her fight yet.

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  • hindsightufuk says:

    Jessica Eye had the sub of the year last year for me. Standing arm triangle against Zoila Gurgel, in under a minute.
    Bellator had some awesome female fighters, and they were the first (semi) major org in the US to really go all out with them, AND it was a great tourney to watch. strange they never followed through.

    I know SF and EXC etc had females on their books but it was really only fight by fight, wasnt like they were creating a roster or division

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  • GIKE MOLDBERG says:

    More power to INVICTA

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