On Saturday night, Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney was asked about the possibility of a 125 pound tournaments. His response “We are having trouble finding enough fighters”. I mentioned on twitter that I could name 12 fighters that could be in this torunament. Sergio Non of USA Today tweeted me back saying they would need 16. Well, here are the 16 fighters that are more than qualified for the tournament. (Note: All rankings are Unified Women’s MMA Rankings.)
The Already Signed Bellator Fighters
1) Zoila Frausto
The current 115 pound Bellator champ. Frausto wants to go back to the 125 pound division. With a rumored title defense against Jessica Aguilar this fall, she would be available to take on another tournament this spring.
2) Rosi Sexton
The current Cage Warriors champ would like nothing more than to seek redemption in Bellator. She is currently ranked #3 in the division and has been on a two fight win streak against ranked opponents since her loss to Frausto.
3) Jessica Eye
Just signed to Bellator, Eye is currently ranked #10 in the division. Although coming off a loss to NAAFS champ Ais “The Bash” Daly, the Ohioan is going to debut in the next few months on the Bellator stage.
The Ranked Fighters
4) Tara LaRosa
The current #1 in the world, LaRosa has been in talks off and on with Bellator for the past few years. One of the tops in the sport for nearly a decade, LaRosa is a hot commodity and the WMMA world are still asking why she hasn’t been permanently signed to a promotion.
5) Cat Zingano
Currently at #4, Zingano is a perfect 6-0 in her pro career, defeating the likes of Carina Damm, Takayo Hashi, and Barb Honchak.
6) Sally Krumdiack
Ranked #5, the 9-4 Krumdaick is a five year veteran of the sport. She has wins over Valerie Coolbaugh and Nicdali Rivera-Calanoc.
7) Sheila Gaff
Currently at #6, the 9-4 “German Tank” has fought as high as 145 pounds before finding a home at 125. She is riding a solid two fight win streak, having wins over Ais “The Bash Daly” and European prospect Hannah Silen.
8.) Aisling “Ais The Bash” Daly
Ranked #7, Daly has a solid 11-2 record, only losing to the afore mentioned Gaff and to Lisa Ellis. She is currently the NAAFS champion and has wins over former Strikeforce fighter Maiju Kujala and Bellator fighter Jessica Eye.
9) Barb “Little Warrior” Honchak
Ranked #9, the 4-1 Honchak has only been defeated once, to #4 ranked Cat Zingano by decision. She is set to face Roxanne Modafferi Oct. 1 at the Blackeye Promotions card in Ashville, NC.
On the Cusp of Being Ranked
10) Roxanne Modafferi
With a win over the current #1 in the world at 125, Modafferi is still ranked in the 135 pound division. She has lost close decisions with Rosi Sexton and Hitmoi Akano this past year since the drop, but “The Happy Warrior” is always a draw with a 15-8 record.
11) Kelly Kobold
You heard that right. Kobold, since her loss to Gina Carano, dropped a lot of weight and looks devastating at 128 pounds in her last fight this past spring. Although Gavin is currently playing football for the LFL’s Minnesota Valkyrie, she should be out of that commitment when the spring season starts.
12) Michelle Ould
Ould (5-3) is back from an injury and has a score to settle. She won this past weekend against Christina Marks and is hoping to get a rematch with Frausto; who won their first match due to Ould’s injury.
13) Maiju Kujala
The Finnish fighter Kujala (5-3) was able to hang with Strikeforce 135 pound champ Miesha Tate to a decision loss, but has since dropped to 125. She got a TKO victory this past March.
14) Takyo Hashi
Hashi (13-4) was riding an eight fight win streak before running into three ranked fighters (Kaufman, LaRosa, and Zingano respectively).
15) Hannah Silen
The Swedish fighter Silen (4-1) only loss was to Sheila Gaff. She has finished all her opponents except Gaff and Kujala.
16) Valerie Coolbaugh
Currently riding a 3 fight win streak,the formerly ranked Coolbaugh (7-5) is looking to climb the ladder once again and seeks rematches verses ranked 125 pounders LaRosa and Krumdiack.