Former WSOF strawweight champion Jessica Aguilar is no longer on the UFC roster, she confirmed to MMA Fighting.
Aguilar signed with the promotion after raking up a 19-4 record with key victories over Megumi Fujii (twice), Carla Esparza and Kalindra Faria, but went 1-4 under the UFC banner between 2015 and 2019. “Jag”, who scored her sole UFC win with a decision over Jodie Esquibel, leaves the promotion following back-to-back defeats to 115-pound prospects Weili Zhang and Marina Rodriguez.
”I haven’t received any communications from the UFC,” Aguilar said in a statement to MMA Fighting, “However my last fight against Marina Rodriguez was the last on my contract. I did receive an e-mail last night from USADA stating that I was being removed from the testing pool which I assume means the UFC has decided not to offer me a new contract. This business tough, but well worth it if you love fighting as much as I do. I have dedicated over 13 years of my life to MMA and consider myself a pioneer of WMMA.”
Aguilar is still hoping to get another chance in the UFC, though, as the company has a Fight Night event scheduled for Mexico City’s Arena Ciudad de Mexico on Sept. 21. The American Top Team talent currently holds a 20-8 record with half of those wins coming by way of stoppage.
”With this news, I still hope that I can get a chance to make another one of my dreams a reality in getting the opportunity to fight in Mexico,” Aguilar wrote. “I’ve been blessed to fight at the highest level and for all the largest promotions for so many years. I am grateful for the opportunity the UFC has given me. Thank you to everyone who has shown support, I’m truly grateful. My journey continues and I continue to ‘Smile & Believe.’”