It looks like Bellator has its first genuine grudge match developing where a pair of competitors appears on the cusp of fighting for personal, not professional, reasons.
Though the sympathy from most was immediate last week when 115-pound female champion Zoila Gurgel tore her ACL will training for a bout at Bellator 57, her opponent in the since-cancelled clash, Carina Damm, has been far from understanding where Gurgel’s health is concerned.
Damm spoke out about the situation over the weekend where she questioned how legitimate Gurgel’s affliction actually is, an implication “The Warrior Princess” did not take kindly to in return.
“Unfortunately she came out with that story, but nobody sent me anything that proves it’s true,” Damm explained to Tatame.
Gurgel quickly fired back when approached for a comment in regards to Damm insinuating she may be lying about her injured knee, saying, “Why in the world would I fake a COMPLETE TORN ACL? That’s like the longest recovery and rehab time out of any type of (injury in) MMA. 6-12 months… Why would I want to wait to fight that long, ever? I needed that fight. Now, I can’t do a damn thing (for) 6-12 months (until) after surgery. Ooooh, this girl hit a nerve! That girl must be out of her mind.”
“And as far as showing HER proof, she’s must be on drugs, or those steroids she was caught on,” Gurgel continued while taking a shot at Damm for testing positive for PEDs in 2008. “Very professional by the way! She wants to be nasty and play dirty and talk crap while I’m waiting on getting this stupid surgery done so I can hurry these 6-12 months of recovery to get back in the cage? She’s out of her mind! I can be a lot meaner, but I’ll bring it in the cage when I get back, hopefully before the end of next year. She’ll get what she’s asking for. This girl is pushing buttons with the wrong fighter.”
If Gurgel didn’t already have a high-level of motivation to get back in shape due to the frustration of a bum leg she certainly should now. She holds an overall record of 11-1 including a win over top female Megumi Fujii, while Damm is 17-6 in her career with thirteen stoppages including eight submissions and five TKOs.
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