Weeks after her release from the WSOF, Jessica Aguilar has signed to the UFC.
The current #2 strawweight on the planet will face the #3 fighter Claudia Gadelha in what could be a title eliminator at UFC 160 August 1 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Combate was the first to report the news and was later verified by MMAFighting.com.
Aguilar (19-4) has won 10 straight and defended her WSOF title twice. Having a notable win over the legend Megumi Fujii, she has only lost twice in her career.
Gadelha (12-1) is coming a close loss to current UFC champion Joanna Jędrzejczyk. She defeated current InvictaFC champion Herica Tiburcio and former JEWELS champion Ayaka Hamasaki during her career.
The fight will most likely air on the preliminary card on Fox Sports 1. UFC 190 will be headlined by champion Ronda Rousey defending her bantamweight title against Bethe Correia.
The winner of the inaugural UFC strawweight title won’t have to wait long to find out who her first challenger is.
MMA News Poland is reporting a title eliminator match between Claudia Gadelha and Joanna Jędrzejczyk will go down at UFC on Fox 13 in Phoenix, AZ December 13, one day after the TUF 20 finale.
Gadelha (12-0) won her UFC debut back in July with an unanimous decision win over Tina Lahdemak. The InvictaFC vet also handed Ayaka Hamasaki her first professional loss. Gadelha was supposed to face TUF 20 competitor and former InvictaFC champion Carla Esparza this past December, but was hospitalized the night before the fight.
Jędrzejczyk (7-0) also won her UFC debut, this time over Juliana Lima in July. The Cage Warriors vet had a notable win over former UFC fighter Rosi Sexton by knockout.
The fight will be a part of the preliminary card and will air on Fox Sports 1.