jessica-aguilar-2.jpgAfter 10 months off, Jessica Aguilar really didn’t care what the name was at the other end of the call. She was just glad she had a fight.

Aguilar (14-4 MMA, 4-1 BFC) on Thursday meets Patricia Vidonic (7-4 MMA, 0-1 BFC) at Bellator 94, which takes place at USF Sun Dome in Tampa. The evening’s main card airs on Spike TV at 10 p.m. ET following prelims, including Aguilar-Vidonic, on Spike.com (8 p.m. ET).

That the fight is a rematch of a fight won by Aguilar a little more than a year ago, also in Florida, didn’t matter much, either.

“We’re scrapping again, and I love that she took the fight,” Aguilar told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). “I’m excited to get back in there. I needed a fight, and we made the fight happen. She probably wanted the rematch, and she got it.”

Aguilar’s most recent outing was in May 2012, when she planted herself firmly on the mainstream MMA map with an upset Megumi Fujii, who was better than a 2-to-1 favorite at Bellator 69.

That main event win for the 115-pounder came just a month after her unanimous decision win over Vidonic under the Fight Time Promotions banner, not far from her home training ground at American Top Team in South Florida.

But even though she doesn’t have anything to prove with another fight against Vidonic, given that the first fight wasn’t exactly controversial or particularly close, the time off was starting to weigh on her.

“After 10 months, when they say a fight is secured, I’m not complaining,” she said. “It helps you focus and train. So I’m excited about the fight. I wish I was busier.”

With the recent surge of women’s MMA, thanks largely to the push from Ronda Rousey in the UFC, Aguilar may find herself in the right place at the right time if it’s keeping busy she’s looking for. The increase in interest may wind up leading to more fights for the Bellator vet, who is seeking her fifth straight victory.

She hasn’t lost since Bellator’s Season 3 women’s 115-pound tournament semifinal, a split-decision loss to eventual champ Zoila Frausto Gurgel. And maybe one day getting her hands around a major belt of her own is in the cards.

But the Mexico-born Aguilar, who turns 31 in May, said even a rise to prominence and popularity and fame and fortune of Rousey-an proportions won’t change her much.

“I’m never going to change,” she said. “I don’t care if they pay me a million dollars. I’ll always be who I am. I’m not a superstar. I’m just a regular person like anyone else. I’m just fortunate enough to have this platform and get this message out there whenever possible. I’m going to be helping a lot of people (if I get famous). My lifestyle would change, but everything else would be the same.

“I just want to stay busy and work and do what I love to do.”

And right now, that’s fight – hopefully, she believes, with more frequency from here on out.

For the latest on Bellator 94, stay tuned to the MMA Events section of the site.

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