Bellator announced on August 13th that their Women’s Division is no more. Bellator was once home to top ranked fighters like Jessica Eye, Jessica Aguilar and Felice Herrig. On one hand, it’s surprising that Bellator would willingly release several of their top fighters, especially when you take into consideration the success the UFC has had with their Women’s Division. Then again, even Bellator‘s most notable female fighters were often not given the amount of exposure they deserved to receive.
Bellator CEO and Chairman Bjorn Rebney echoes this sentiment, citing that they are not currently in the position to give their female fighters the regular and reoccurring fights that they deserve. Bellator only held a single eight-woman tournament back in 2010, with Zoila Frausto Gurgela becoming their Strawweight Champion.
Shortly following the dissolution of Bellator‘s Women’s Division, the All-Female Mixed Martial Arts promotion, Invicta Fighting Championships, announced their signing of Felice Herrig. It’s unclear whether standouts Jessica Aguilar or Jessica Eye will follow suit.
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