Zoila Frausto (left) | Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
Bellator 115-pound women’s champion Zoila Frausto will return to the cage March 5 as she competes at Bellator 35 from the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, Calif.
Sherdog.com previously reported Frausto's speculated involvement in the event, and Thursday the fighter confirmed the report by announcing the news over Facebook. It is currently unknown whether Frausto will defend her title, and her opponent has not yet been named.
A Strikeforce veteran, Frausto rides a five-fight winning streak heading into the bout. The only blemish on the career of “The Warrior Princess” came last March when she was submitted by 135-pound contender Miesha Tate at Strikeforce “Challengers 7.”
Frausto made her Bellator debut in June, knocking out Rosi Sexton in the first round of their 121-pound catchweight affair at Bellator 23. Frausto then rattled off three straight victories to become Bellator's first-ever 115-pound queen. The 27-year-old outpointed Jessica Pene, Jessica Aguilar and the previously unbeaten Megumi Fujii en route to claiming the tournament crown.
Though no bouts have been officially announced for the March 5 event, the promotion's third welterweight tournament is expected to begin. Also expected are appearances by Waachiim Spiritwolf and Poppies Martinez against to-be-named opponents.