by Bryanna Fissori
The obvious rise in the popularity of females in MMA has many promotions scrambling to stack their cards with the best women in the sport. Surprisingly one of the sport’s largest shows has done just the opposite.
After facing pressure from fighters and fans to make a decision on their women’s division, Bellator Fighting Championship opted to release their remaining females from their contractual responsibilities so that they may find work elsewhere. The last three women standing were fighters Felice Herrig, Jessica Eye and Jessica Aguilar.
Last night (8/13/13), Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney released an official statement on the matter:
“Jessica Eye, Jessica Aguilar and Felice represent all that is good in women’s MMA,” Rebney stated. “Both Eye and Aguilar are ranked No. 1 in the world in their respective divisions and carry themselves with class and distinction elevating the women’s game. I’ve said many times that fighters need to fight and fight often. Given our current focus, we are not in position to provide these very deserving women regular and reoccurring fights on a large platform. And, I felt it was best to let them go and secure options that did. I genuinely wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors and will be rooting for each of them wherever they fight.”
All three women are expected to have offers to join the ranks in some of the largest female-friendly promotions including Invicta FC and possibly the UFC.
What are your thoughts?