Zoila Gurgel signs multi-fight deal with Invicta FC for April debut
The 115-pound women’s champ recently signed a multi-fight agreement with Invicta FC, sources close to the event confirmed to MMAjunkie.com.
Gurgel will face a to-be-announced opponent at the all-female promotion’s fifth event, which takes place April 6. Though a venue and location have not been announced, and prevoius reports indicated the promotion’s hope to expand its horizons, potentially for an event in California, the plan is for Invicta FC 5 to take place in Kansas City, Mo.
Bellator and Invicta officials could not be reached Monday evening for comment on the move. Gurgel most recently competed at flyweight for the tournament-based promotion at Bellator 83, where she was choked unconscious in 58 seconds by Jessica Eye.
We're still in the middle of the battle between Bellator and Eddie Alvarez so I'm dying to hear a response from Bellator on this. It might end up being no big deal, they let Zoila walk after a loss, or her contract expired and they decided not to match. Or it could be a huge deal.
If the former is the case, it's a move that benefits both sides. For Invicta, they get their hands on an elite strawweight that has name value. Bellator now gets an out of women's MMA if they want it. I'm not sure if they do, but they haven't run a women's tournament since season three and no longer have the roster to do so, at least at the moment.
With Invicta going full steam and the UFC testing the waters when it comes to the females, Bellator now has three options - it's time to either go all in, get out completely, or use them as local attractions during the preliminary fights, and that's it.