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Bellator champ Zoila Gurgel likely out until Season 5 with broken hand

With welterweights receiving the bulk of the focus this past weekend at Bellator 35 it may actually be a preliminary card fighter drawing the most attention in the coming weeks as 115-pound champ Zoila Gurgel (formerly Frausto) broke her right hand early on in the second round of her bout against Karina Hallinan and could be out for six months while the injury heals.

Gurgel’s condition was listed in a medical report issued by the California State Athletic Commission and confirmed by the newlywed via Twitter where she wrote, “Fudggggge! It’s broken and my knuckle is gone! No more throwing haymakers over my opponents head for a while. Crapola!”

She also offered a sliver of insight into the extent of the damage saying it was “just a little bone”.

Five Ounces of Pain spoke with a Bellator official who explained the company is under the impression Gurgel will be out at least six weeks and that rematch between her and Megumi Fujii in May is no longer an option based on the lack of preparation time involved.

If she is indeed out six months it will put the “Warrior Princess” on the shelf until Bellator Season 5 debuts this Fall.

Frausto is 11-1 as a professional including a title-winning performance against formerly unbeaten Fujii. Eight of her victories have come by way of decision though in fairness her appearances have ranged in weight as a means of suiting a bout’s need rather than allowing her to compete under ideal circumstances. She is 5-0 in Bellator with wins over Rosi Sexton, Jessica Penne, and Jessica Aguilar.

The majority of the other names listed on the CSAC document suffered facial lacerations at the event including opponents Waachim Spiritwolf and Jamie Jara, as well as Season 4 Welterweight Tournament fighters Brent Weedman and “Judo” Jim Wallhead. Weedman advanced to the semi-final round after outpointing Dan Hornbuckle and, like the others, has been suspended sixty days with a reduction in time pending the clearance of a doctor.

Read below for a complete list of Bellator 35 medical suspensions:

Jesus Castro – Suspended for 45 days with no contact for 30 days (Precautionary Reasons)
Karina Hallinan – Suspended for 60 days for right eye laceration
Zoila Gurgel – Suspended 180 days for possible right hand fracture pending clearance from a physician
Waachim Spiritwolf – Suspended 60 days for facial laceration pending clearance from a physician
Jamie Jara – Suspended 60 days for facial lacerations pending clearance from a physician
Jim Wallhead – Suspended 60 days for right eye laceration pending clearance from a physician
Brent Weedman – Suspended 60 days for facial laceration pending clearance from a physician

  • Rece Rock says:

    Perhaps they should have featured her now that she’ll be shelved a few months…

  • Guthookd says:

    That sucks.

    I know she was super pissed that she didn’t get TV time. I was too. I don’t think Bjorn wanted to let the whole world know that the best he could get for his 115lb womens champ was a 3-4 fighter (now 3-5).

    On another note, I read yesterday that Zoila is actually having problems cutting weight…serious problems. I guess the method she was using to get down to 115 last season “messed her up a little bit” as she says. That’s not good, especially when combined with a long layoff. I hope she stays in shape and keeps on the tread mill this whole time.

    War Princess!

  • Rece Rock says:

    FYI… from other news sources…

    Bellator 35 debut nets 200,000 viewers, massive increases in key MTV2 demos, and the immediate replay maintained 63.5 percent of the original audience.

    BFC did good… now they gots to do better & better each week .

  • Guthookd says:

    Hey, that is pretty good. What do the Strikeforce Challengers shows usually average…like 250,000 or so. Not bad. BFC is on the come up.

  • Rece Rock says:

    Yeah and keep in mind mid way through there was a live SF event as well.

  • Dufresne says:

    Hey FSN, phbbbbbbbbbbbtttttttttttttttttttt!!!!!

    That’s what you get for replacing your highest rated show with class AAAAAAAAAAA baseball from Bumblefuck, Nowhere. Instead of advertising and showcasing something special that people want to see you replaced it with garbage that the people involved in didn’t want to watch and now another network has taken your potential cash cow and run with it. Serves you right.

  • cutman says:

    Great numbers from the first show wait until the next show guys gonna be great,,,


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