Jessica Aguilar (9-3, #5 IWMMAR) advanced in Bellator’s 115-lb tournament on August 12 when she defeated Lynn “Lights Out” Alvarez by arm-triangle choke four minutes and one second into the first round. Just a week later, Zoila “Warrior Princess” Frausto (8-1, #6 IWMMAR) eked out a decision win in a bout against Muay Thai specialist Jessica Pene. The two will face each other in the semi-finals at Bellator 31, taking place this Thursday at L’Auberge du Lac Resort in Lake Charles, Louisiana.
Although some have painted the American Top Team Fighter as an underdog, Aguilar is extremely confident going into this fight.
“It’s going to be the same as all of my other fights,” she explained. “I’m going to be ready for whatever she brings. Obviously, I’m a ground fighter, so I’m going to take the victory with a submission.”
Aguilar’s training is really a full-time job.
“I leave the strategy to my coach,” she said. “He watches the videos and puts everything together and writes me a schedule. I just follow the schedule.”
Aguilar’s training regimen consists of six to seven hours of training a day, six days a week. She trains at American Top Team in West Palm Beach, the main ATT academy in Coconut Creek and also goes to Miami 2-3 days a week for her conditioning at South Miami Sports Performance. Although she’s taken time off for this tournament, Aguilar normally also teaches kids classes at American Top Team’s Coconut Creek location.
Aguilar, who is on a four-fight winning streak, has been training for Frausto’s flashy kicks, but points out that Frausto’s ground game hasn’t really been tested—except by Meisha Tate, who had no problem getting a takedown and submission.
“I’m confident in my training camp for her and I’m going to be ready for whatever she brings and she better be ready for whatever I bring,” Aguilar said.
Unlike Frausto, Aguilar does not cut an exorbitant amount of weight for her fight. She walks at 121 and has about five pounds to lose. However, she doesn’t think Frausto’s size advantage is going to be a factor.
“That doesn’t affect me. I train with heavier guys at the gym, so that’s not going to be an issue,” Aguilar said. “I’m happy. I’m excited. I’m ready. I’m going to bring home the victory on September 30th.” She predicted.
Check out Jessica Aguilar’s website, and be sure to tune in to Fox Sports Net on September 30th.
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