MMAJunkie has the scoop:
The first women’s strawweight champion in World Series of Fighting history will be crowned on Jan. 18 as Jessica Aguilar (16-4) meets Alida Gray (4-0) for the division’s inaugural belt at World Series of Fighting 8.
MMAjunkie today confirmed the booking with World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo.
World Series of Fighting 8 is scheduled for Jan. 18 at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla. In the evening’s main event, Justin Gaethje (10-0) will take on Lewis Gonzalez (9-0) for the company’s first lightweight belt.
Aguilar, the world’s top-ranked women’s 115-pounder, signed with World Series of Fighting in November and will make her promotional debut in the title fight.
This is huge news. It is coming up in less than a month, but the possibility of Aguilar or Gray to be on TUF: Strawweights is less likely now. That sucks, but this is a big fight for both.
This might come as a surprise, but I'm confident in saying that Gray will be the best striker Aguilar has faced in her career. Aguilar is well known for her 2 controversial Fujii fights, arguably losing to Patricia Vidonic in Bellator, and getting robbed against Zoila Frausto Gurgel in Bellator's only WMMA tournament.
Alida Gray is a monster though. In her debut fight she tapped out a true veteran in Patricia Vidonic and has since rattled off 3 straight TKO's and has looked increasingly impressive. Her rise has been astronomical. Her first fight was in June 2013 and depending on the "Season" for MMA award shows... if she beats Aguilar, she is my pick for fighter of the year. And what I just learned from the MMAJunkie article (and now it makes a lot of sense) Alida Gray was a USA Olympic Judo alternate in 1996, and she implements it well in her MMA game.
Alida Gray is 36, but starting her MMA career so late she doesn't have the wear and tear, and I suspect it won't be an issue, even though it will likely be brought up as a factor.
Aguilar is without a doubt the favorite, but I'm comfortable putting money on Gray.
Rest of card
- Justin Gaethje vs. Lewis Gonzalez – for inaugural lightweight title
- Anthony Johnson vs. Mike Kyle
- Jessica Aguilar vs. Alida Gray – for inaugural women’s strawweight title
- Cody Bollinger vs. Tyson Nam
This might just be the best WSOF fighting card in their short history. Rumble, Gaethje, Nam.