Invicta Fighting Championships officials Tuesday announced that the all-female promotion has signed Bellator strawweight champion Zoila Frausto Gurgel to a multi-fight contract.

Gurgel, 29, will make her Invicta debut against three-year pro Jennifer Maia at the promotion’s next show, which is expected to take place in April.

“I am excited to join Invicta FC, where the best women fighters in the world are competing,” Gurgel stated in a release. “Invicta FC has become more than just a promotion -- it’s evolved into an entire movement for women’s MMA, and I’m proud to represent that movement while continuing to fight and beat the best opponents out there.”

According to a source with knowledge of the situation, Gurgel’s Bellator contract recently expired, and the promotion elected not to pursue a new deal and surrendered its right to match. The organization is expected to hold a women’s 125-pound tournament in the future.

Known as “Warrior Princess,” Gurgel returned from knee surgery this past October to outpoint Casey Noland but was submitted by Jessica Eye on Dec. 7, succumbing to a standing arm-triangle choke in just 58 seconds. Though Gurgel has competed more recently at flyweight, the Ohioan captured Bellator gold at 115 pounds, outpointing Jessica Penne, Jessica Aguilar and Megumi Fujii to win Bellator’s Season 3 tournament in 2010.

Like Gurgel, Maia will make her Invicta debut in April. After beginning her career a perfect 4-0, the Brazilian has gone 2-2-1 in her last five bouts, most recently earning a unanimous decision victory over Jessica Andrade under the Samurai FC banner on Dec. 15.

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Cain Velasquez Injured, Stipe Miocic Steps in to Face Fabricio Werdum at UFC 196

  • 20 days ago
  • 101 views

UFC officials announced on Sunday that the former heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez has been forced to withdraw from the UFC 196 title fight against titleholder Fabricio Werdum. read news >>

FOX Sports 2 to air 8th World MMA Awards on Feb. 12; fan voting ends tonight

  • 14 days ago
  • 4 views

Officials today announced FOX Sports 2 will air the 8th Annual World MMA Awards. Voting for the annual industry awards ends today.Filed under: Bellator, News, UFC, WSOF read news >>

Henderson's UFC defection makes sense for all, but also nudges the fighter economy

  • 12 days ago
  • 72 views

Former UFC lightweight champ Benson Henderson announced on Monday that he’s leaving the UFC to sign with Bellator MMA. It’s a smart move for everyone, but also one with the potential to cause a few r read news >>

UFC light heavyweight Abdul-Kerim Edilov fails USADA test before making octagon debut

  • 11 days ago
  • 25 views

UFC officials today announced that light heavyweight signee Abdul-Kerim Edilov has been notified of a potential anti-doping policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition test.Filed under: News read news >>

UFC Vet Chris Leben Out of Retirement, Signs with Bellator

  • 8 days ago
  • 11 views

Bellator MMA on Saturday announced its latest acquisition, the signing of former WEC middleweight champion and UFC veteran Chris "The Crippler" Leben. read news >>

Tim Means pulled from UFC Fight Night 83 headliner after failed USADA test

  • 10 days ago
  • 13 views

UFC officials today announced that welterweight [autotag]Tim Means[/autotag] has been pulled from a planned UFC Fight Night 83 headliner with Donald Cerrone after being notified of a potential anti-d read news >>

Michael Chandler Signs Multi-Year, Multi-Fight Contract Extension with Bellator MMA

  • 2 days ago
  • 1 views

Bellator MMA announced today that former 155-pound champion Michael Chandler has signed an exclusive multi-year, multi-fight contract extension with the promotion. read news >>

GFL Video: Watch the full fight that earned Mickey Gall a UFC deal

  • 10 days ago
  • 19 views

On Saturday, Mickey Gall makes his UFC debut in hopes of a win, and a future meeting with Phil “CM Punk” Brooks. Ahead of Gall’s UFC Fight Night 82 contest with Mike Jackson, see the fight that got G read news >>

'TUF 19' winner Corey Anderson thinks Lawlor’s popularity makes fight worthwhile

  • 10 days ago
  • 3 views

“The Ultimate Fighter 19” winner Corey Anderson can’t say his next opponent does much for his career, if rankings are the new thing that drives UFC matchmaking decisionsFiled under: News, UFC, Videos read news >>

Sean Soriano among 'Legacy FC 52: Page vs. Schnell' additions

  • 9 days ago
  • 0 views

After previously announcing the event’s championship headliner, officials today confirmed the rest of the main card for “Legacy FC 52: Page vs. Schnell.”Filed under: AXS TV Fights, News read news >>