Having been only around for only two years, the World Series of Fighting MMA organization is quickly making a name for itself in the mixed martial arts community. With the UFC and Bellator still at the top of the list, WSOF is slowly creeping to the top and it’s because of the high caliber of fighters they have on their roster and breathtaking finishes to some of the fights.
Current WSOF women’s strawweight champion, Jessica Aguilar is a big reason the company is doing so well but fighting as career choice was not on her original life plan. It was after taking a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu class that her coach saw her raw talent and recommended she compete in the North American Grappling Association tournament better known as NAGA.
After winning a few tournaments, Aguilar found her way to an American Top Team event. “I went to that tournament and there was nobody in my weight class to compete with,” explained Aguilar. “I even asked to fight guys.” The matchmaker from the company that was putting those fights on would later call Aguilar and ask her to fight for him in a mixed martial arts fight. “I had no clue what MMA was or what it even meant at that time,” said Aguilar.
Having only two months of BJJ training, Aguilar said yes to taking a fight, and using the famed cliché line, the rest is history. It was then that a friend of Aguilar’s told her that she would take her to one of the biggest MMA camps in the sport, American Top Team. Thiago Alves, Robbie Lawler, Hector Lombard and Yoel Romero are just few ATT fighters that are currently making big waves in the sport now, and Aguilar is definitely on that list now.
“I walked in, signed up and told my coaches that I wanted to be the best,” said Aguilar. “And here I am today, eight years later, ranked #1 in the world and have a world title with WSOF.”
Aguilar will defend her title for the first time taking on Emi Fujino on Saturday, June 21st at WSOF 10. “Defending my title I won’t change up anything,” said Aguilar. “I will continue to do what I have been doing and try to inspire people and pass my story on.”
Having walked in the gym not even knowing what MMA stood for to being the #1 ranked women’s 115 pound champion of the world is a pretty incredible transformation. But Aguilar always considered herself a champion and someone that wants to give back even before the belt was around her waist.
“For me the best part is being a positive role model to the kids,” said Aguilar. If winning a title wasn’t enough this year for Aguilar, WSOF hinted recently that are looking to expand and do a show in Mexico. If you have seen Aguilar fight it is very clear to see how proud of her Hispanic heritage she is and fighting in Mexico would be a dream come true for her in the future.
“I can’t wait to fight where my roots came from,” said Aguilar. “I am proud of where I came from, proud of the culture and I can’t wait for that fight whenever it comes.”
Watch a Jessica Aguilar fight and you will quickly understand why she is the champion and whether she keeps the title or not, will continue to be a force to reckon with in the years to come in MMA.
“Hard work pays off,” said Aguilar. “If you put your mind to something and believe you can do it, you can achieve anything.”
Jessica Aguilar will defend her WSOF Women’s Strawweight title at WSOF 10 on Saturday, June 21st on the NBC Sports Network. 9pm ET/6pm PT. Jessica would also like to thank her sponsors; Garden of Life, Tommie Copper, and Everlast. She would also like to thank the WSOF, American Top Team, her friends, family and all of her fans.