Inaugural WSOF titleholder Jessica Aguilar is now a free agent. | Photo: Keith Mills/Sherdog.com
World Series of Fighting has parted ways with its first and only women’s strawweight champion, Jessica Aguilar.
The organization Monday announced that it has released the 33-year-old American Top Team product from her contractual obligations, which included one unfulfilled bout.
According to a release, WSOF freed Aguilar “so that she can ideally pursue competition where it is strongest in her weight division.” That, of course, would be the Ultimate Fighting Championship, which last year launched its own 115-pound weight class and has subsequently snapped up much of the division’s top talent.
“We have an incredible and fast-growing roster of world-class athletes at WSOF,” president Ray Sefo said in a statement, “but we do not have the best fighters in this particular women’s weight class, so it was time to shake hands and amicably part ways.”
WSOF has not held a women’s strawweight bout since Aguilar’s last title defense in November.
Aguilar won the WSOF belt in January 2014 with a first-round submission of Alida Gray, and twice defended the title with five-round decision wins over Emi Fujino and Kalindra Faria. “Jag” is currently ranked No. 2 in the Sherdog.com women’s strawweight top 10, behind only UFC titleholder Joanna Jedrzejczyk.