Zoila Frausto (top) vs. Karina Hallinan | Jeff Sherwood/Sherdog.com
Bellator Fighting Championships 115-pound women's champion Zoila Frausto will likely square off with Karina Hallinan at Bellator 35, going down March 5 at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, Calif.
Frausto's participation in the show was first reported by Sherdog.com last week, and MMA Junkie was first to report the Frausto-Hallinan matchup on Friday. Sherdog.com has confirmed with sources close to the negotiations that Bellator is trying to put the fight together, but bout agreements are not yet in place. The pair has fought once before, in their respective professional debuts. Frausto won that 2009 encounter by split decision.
The event, which will kick off Bellator's fourth season and third welterweight tournament, will also likely feature appearances from Poppies Martinez and Waachiim Spiritwolf.
A two-time Strikeforce veteran, Frausto has won five straight bouts. “Warrior Princess” won Bellator's third-season 115-pound tournament by outpointing Jessica Penne, Jessica Aguilar and the previously unbeaten Megumi Fujii in consecutive bouts in a two-month span. A massive 115-pounder, Frausto has competed at 135 pounds, suffering the only loss of her career at that weight to Strikeforce contender Miesha Tate. Frausto made her Bellator debut in August, earning a knockout over Rosi Sexton in a 121-pound catchweight affair.
Hallinan was active in 2010, fighting five times last year. The Greg Jackson product enters the bout riding back-to-back defeats. Hallinan has finished two-thirds of her career victims and has never been knocked out as a professional.