Invicta Fighting Championships
officials Tuesday announced that
the all-female promotion has signed Bellator strawweight champion
to a multi-fight contract.
Gurgel, 29, will make her Invicta debut against three-year pro
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
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
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
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.
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