Fans tuning in to the Bellator 69 broadcast last Friday night witnessed a spirited scrap between ferocious 115-pounders Megumi Fujii and Jessica Aguilar. Billed as a bout featuring the top two women in the division, the match-up met expectations with the two going at it for fifteen full minutes and Aguilar edging the Japanese legend out on the scorecards in the end.
While it made for a nice story, it seems Bellator left out one crucial element in the equation – its 115-pound champion Zoila Gurgel who beat both women en route to claiming the title. Gurgel, who has been sidelined for more than a year with injury, was essentially forgotten about during the play-by-play and not even mentioned as the #3 strawweight in the sport.
Gurgel, who has never been afraid to speak her mind, has since caught wind of it and isn’t happy in the least at how she’s been treated by the company whose belt she rightfully holds.
“For my own promotion to kind of diss me like that, it’s like, wow. It just puts the icing on the cake,” said Gurgel while stopping by The MMA Hour. “I wasn’t very happy about it. I kind of knew that they were going to do or say something, whatever they had to do to promote the fight. But to throw me under the bus like that, the way most people have said, it just wasn’t very nice, and it wasn’t very professional in my eyes.”
“I beat them both. And to not get any sort of recognition, to be pretty much spit on, it was like, wow. I could not believe that,” she concluded, admitting she hadn’t even heard from anyone at Bellator in “awhile”.
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