Zoila GurgelIt’s been more than a year since Bellator women’s champion Zoila Gurgel has stepped inside the cage, but when she returns next weekend in Ohio, her return fight will not be televised.

Bellator has released the final four fight main card for next weekend’s Bellator 78, and Gurgel’s fight against Casey Noland will be a preliminary bout instead of being aired during the live show on MTV2.

Obviously, Gurgel is more than a little disappointed in the move because her face has been featured prominently on many of the Bellator posters promoting the event, which takes place less than an hour from her training center in Cincinnati, OH.

Gurgel is baffled and unsure why Bellator would put one of their champions on the undercard, but as of yet the promotion has offered no reason why.

“Why was I on the last undercard? It doesn’t make much sense, it does not make much sense to anybody else. People would say the same thing about any other female fight, but not only that the (Jessica) Aguilar and (Megumi) Fujii fight made the air, and hey I beat both of those girls,” Gurgel told MMAWeekly Radio on Thursday.

“On top of that, what champion of any organization or any promotion have you ever seen on an undercard? Especially if it’s a televised event and it’s not televised. It’s crazy to me.”

Bellator has featured other women’s bouts on the main card since Gurgel suffered a serious knee injury in 2011 that forced her out of action for the last year and a half. For some reason however, Gurgel will occupy a slot on the prelims as Bellator champion.

“No matter who my opponent is, it’s who I am, it’s the level that I’ve gotten to, it’s what I represent and what I bring to the table,” said Gurgel.

Despite the disappointment, Gurgel refuses to let the bad news bring her down ahead of her comeback fight next weekend in Dayton. She’s been waiting more than a year to finally strap on the gloves and get back to fighting, so main card, preliminary card or otherwise, Zoila Gurgel is going to give fans a show.

“This isn’t the first time, this is the second time, but I’m at a point where it’s not something I can control. I can’t make a phone call and say ‘hey I need to be on TV or be on the main card, this is not right’,” said Gurgel.

“But I can’t make those calls, and I’m going to do what I do, and that’s fight.”

For more news and rumors make sure to check out MMAWeekly.com on Twitter

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Bellator 155's Melvin Manhoef finally ready to grapple: 'I can do things and submit them now'

  • 28 days ago
  • 22 views

Melvin Manhoef used to avoid grappling like the plague. He’d go to the ground only if absolutely necessary or if he had to follow an opponent there to land a few fight-ending blows.Filed under: Bella read news >>

After Legacy FC 51 win, Cody East signs with UFC, meets Walt Harris at UFC 197

  • 27 days ago
  • 12 views

The final piece of the preliminary card is in place for UFC 197 later this month, and it will feature a heavyweight promotional newcomer. Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Benson Henderson Prepares for Bellator Debut with Weight of Expectations

  • 27 days ago
  • 10 views

Of all the names that have bolted to Bellator from the UFC, Benson Henderson is the one that most surprised the mixed martial arts establishment. On a win streak, and upon increasing his value by fig read news >>

Anastasia Yankova on how she got started fighting and found her way to Bellator

  • 27 days ago
  • 27 views

Recent Bellator signee Anastasia Yankova remembers watching Lyoto Machida and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua fight and thinking they were superhuman.Filed under: Bellator, News read news >>

'The Grass Is Greener': UFC-to-Bellator Signees Speak Out

  • 26 days ago
  • 186 views

For one UFC fighter, a conversation with one of the UFC's top executives sealed his already-evolving decision to test free agency. The two sides had been engaged in a discussion regarding issues rela read news >>

Former champ Douglas Lima meets Chidi Njokuani at Bellator 156 in June

  • 25 days ago
  • 5 views

Bellator’s summer return to Fresno, Calif., has its latest fight, and it will feature a former welterweight champion.Filed under: Bellator, News read news >>

Bellator 157: Dynamite 2 heads to St. Louis in June with 'Rampage' vs. Satoshi Ishii

  • 25 days ago
  • 6 views

Bellator has set the date for its second MMA and kickboxing crossover event, and it will feature the return of Quinton Jackson to the promotion.Filed under: Bellator, Featured, Featured Videos, News, read news >>

Rampage Jackson Returns to Bellator vs. Satoshi Ishii in Dynamite 2 Headliner

  • 25 days ago
  • 15 views

After a year out of action, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson returns to Bellator to headline the promotion's second hybrid event, Dynamite 2. read news >>

Fighting in Italy, Bellator 152's Brian Rogers won't leave anything to chance vs. Sakara

  • 25 days ago
  • 14 views

Brian Rogers said he’s honored to co-headline Bellator’s first overseas event when Bellator 152 goes down later this month. He also knows it’s a big risk.Filed under: Bellator, News read news >>

Douglas Lima Faces Chidi Njokuani in Bellator 156 Co-Main Event

  • 25 days ago
  • 0 views

A duo of Bellator MMA’s top welterweights, Chidi Njokuani and Douglas Lima, will square off in the co-main event of “Bellator 156: Galvao vs. Dantas 2” on June 17. read news >>