Jessica Aguilar asked to be released from World Series of Fighting in order to enter the UFC, and she got what she wanted.
The American Top Team fighter has signed a deal with the UFC, and will make her promotional debut against top contender Claudia Gadelha at Rio de Janeiro’s UFC 190 on Aug. 1, sources told MMAFighting.com. Combate first reported the news.
Aguilar (19-4), who won and defended the WSOF strawweight championship twice, enters the bout riding a 10-fight winning streak, including a victory over former UFC champion Carla Esparza.
Gadelha (12-1) looks to bounce back from the first loss of her professional career, a close split-decision defeat against current UFC champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk. The Nova Uniao strawweight was expected to return against Aisling Daly in April, but withdrew from the bout with a back injury.
The UFC 190 card now features nine bouts, including a welterweight clash between TUF Brazil winner Warlley Alves (8-0) and two-time TUF alum Nordine Taleb (11-2), officially announced by the UFC during a media day in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday.
Ronda Rousey vs. Bethe Correia
Mauricio Rua vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
Stefan Struve vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
Antonio Silva vs. Soa Palelei
Patrick Cummins vs. Rafael Cavalcante
Demian Maia vs. Neil Magny
Hugo Viana vs. Guido Cannetti
Jessica Aguilar vs. Claudia Gadelha
Warlley Alves vs. Nordine Taleb