Photo of Zoila Gurgel holding the Bellator strap via Facebook.
If you missed the 115-pound match-up between Megumi Fujii and Jessica Aguilar earlier this month at Bellator 69, it was billed as a showdown between the world's number one vs. the world's number two fighter in that weight class.
I guess that makes the reigning champion, Zoila Gurgel, number three?
While it may have been nothing more than promotional hype, it should be noted that Gurgel (11-1) has wins over both Fujii and Aguilar and is currently riding a six-fight win streak.
"The Warrior Princess" vents to The MMA Hour:
"For my own promotion to kind of diss me like that, it's like, wow. It just puts the icing on the cake. I wasn't very happy about it. I kind of knew that they were going to do or say something, whatever they had to do to promote the fight. But to throw me under the bus like that, the way most people have said, it just wasn't very nice, and it wasn't very professional in my eyes. I won. I beat them both. And to not get any sort of recognition, to be pretty much spit on, it was like, wow. I could not believe that. They just keep slapping me in the face, and I'm like, 'How many more times are you guys going to do this to me?' At this point I'm just like, I'm going to fight whoever they're going to have me fight, and hopefully, we'll see if they treat me any better. But I've got a sour taste in my mouth from it and I don't like it at all."
Gurgel is currently riding the pine after blowing out her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) last October, but expects to get back into the cage by the latter part of 2012. Will Bellator welcome her back with open arms?