The World Series of Fighting is diving into the WMMA market. Rarely, do you see promotions, other than the UFC and Invicta, announce WMMA fights with even one month's notice.
Aguilar won the inagural strawweight title with a first round arm triangle over Alida Gray back in January and is universally known as the #1 strawweight in the world, at the moment.
Fujino will be fighting outside of Japan for the first time and has fought a who's who of WMMA. She is currently Bloody Elbow's #11 ranked strawweight and lost her last bout to teen phenom Mizuki Inoue.
Ashlee Evans-Smith makes the cut down to 135lbs against Marciea Allen, after claiming the CFA Featherweight grandprix , culminating with a back and forth, 3rd round TKO over the extremely polarizing Fallon Fox. Here is Evans-Smith looking significantly more shredded
You might recognize Allen from her Invicta bout with current UFC fighter Jessamyn Duke. That fight contained a memorable exchange that included hair pulling, complaining, an armbar, and referee incompetence. You can check it out here. It's also unfortunate the referee was a woman. I'm sure there is a female "John McCarthy" somewhere (yes, the image of a female John McCarthy is hilarious) that won't bring up bad memories of Kim Winslow.
This card will also see Lynn Alvarez face off against Sofia Bagherdai in a strawweight bout. Alvarez performed spectacularly in her last bout. She dropped, choked out and put a halt to the Amber Stautzenberger cult-ish hype train (she got a lot of attention, I think, mostly because of her looks).
Before that, Alvarez had not fought since October 2012 for Invicta against Carla Esparza and before that it was August 2010 for Bellator against Jessica Aguilar. Hopefully, this is a sign of a more active schedule for Alvarez.
Bagherdai is most known for her single appearance on the first ever Invicta FC card, and for being one of four fighters to miss weight. She lost a forgettable decision to Ashley Cummins.
I know fans of Invicta (myself included) are dying for anything, but WSOF putting on three very relevant fights is great news, and better than nothing.
WSOF 10 takes place on June 21st. Check out the full card below (I think it's ridiculous that WSOF isn't using the #1 Strawweight, Jessica Aguilar, as the headliner):
WSOF 10 Main Card
David Branch vs. Jesse Taylor for inaugural middleweight title
Georgi Karakhanyan vs. Rick Glenn for featherweight title
Jessica Aguilar vs. Emi Fujino for women's strawweight title
Luiz Firmino vs. Tyson Griffin
Nick LoBosco vs. Lance Palmer
Ashlee Evans-Smith vs. Marciea Allen
Lynn Alvarez vs. Sofia Bagherdai
Dave Huckaba vs. Derrick Mehmen