On the heels of last Friday’s last-minute cancellation, there will be a quick turnaround for the re-booking of UFC strawweights Jessica Aguilar and Jodie Esquibel.
Aguilar announced on her Instagram account that she and Esquibel will now meet at UFC Fight Night: Boise on July 14th. The night’s main card airs live on FS1.
Great news!! My fight has been rebooked for July 14th! I’m so happy and extremely thankful. I’d like to send out a HUGE GRACIAS to my team (my ♥️, coaches, sparring partner, friends and family), for all their help, support, love and for riding with me on this rollercoaster. THANK YOU to my management @firstroundmgmt for handling business as always, to Jodi for agreeing to rebook this fight, to everyone who’s sent love my way, to all the media for helping me share my story and last, but not least THANKS SO MUCH @mickmaynard2 & @ufc for making this a quick turn around. . . . . . . #HappyWednesday #LifeIsGood #Grateful #LetsDoThis #SmileandBelieve ¡¡Una gran noticia!! ¡Mi pelea ha sido reservada para el 14 de julio! Estoy tan feliz y extremadamente agradecido. Me gustaría enviar GRACIAS GRANDES a mi equipo (mis ♥ ️, entrenadores, compañeros de entrenamiento, amigos y familiares), por toda su ayuda, apoyo, amor y por acompañarme en esta montaña rusa. MUCHAS GRACIAS a mi gestión @firstroundmgmt por manejar negocios como siempre, a Jodi por aceptar volver a reservar esta pelea, a todos los que me han enviado el amor, a todos los medios por ayudarme a compartir mi historia y por último, pero no menos GRACIAS TANTO @ mickmaynard2 y @ufc por hacer de esto una vuelta rápida.
Aguilar was removed from UFC Utica by the New York State Athletic Commission on the day of the fight. While Aguilar initially said it was due to “chapped lips,” the NYSAC claimed that Aguilar had a “potentially contagious medical condition.” Esquibel obviously had to be removed from the event as well, but the expectation was that they would get booked again fairly quickly.
The 36-year-old Aguilar (19-6) is the former WSOF strawweight champion, but she’s only fought twice in her three years under the UFC banner, losing decisions to Claudia Gadelha and Cortney Casey. Esquibel (6-3) is looking for her first UFC win, having lost a decision to Karolina Kowalkiewicz at UFC Gdansk back in October 2017. She moved up from atomweight in 2016 while in Invicta FC, losing to Alexa Grasso before beating DeAnna Bennett.
UFC Fight Night: Boise is headlined by a heavyweight contest between former UFC champion Junior dos Santos and ex-WSOF champion Blagoy Ivanov.