As good as the last couple of years have been to top-ranked female strawweight Jessica “Jag” Aguilar, 2014 is shaping up to be her best yet.
In January, Aguilar picked up her eighth win in a row and captured the World Series of Fighting women’s 115-pound title with a first-round submission victory over Alida Gray.
“It was awesome to start off 2014 with WSOF and going for a world title,” Aguilar told MMaWeekly.com. “That night was incredible. It was unbelievable. I finally had a belt to match my ranking. I was very happy to have signed with the WSOF.”
Aguilar feels that what fans saw in her fight against Gray was a direct result of her training and the fight couldn’t have gone any other way.
“It comes from training,” she said. “I train with one of the best teams in the world, with the American Top Team, and it makes for a much easier fight.
“I was expecting (what happened). It was the game plan. It will be the same game plan for this upcoming one as well.”
For Aguilar not only did the win vindicate her spot atop the women’s rankings, but it also showed she made the right decision by signing with the WSOF when others questioned the move.
“When we had spoken with people I had told them that I did not want to be sitting out a long time, and the WSOF said that they wouldn’t do that to me, so that’s one of the reasons I chose to sign with them,” she said.
“From the beginning I was very confident and I knew what my 2014 was going to work like. I can see everything else going well.”
Aguilar (17-4) will make her first defense of her WSOF title this Saturday when she takes on DEEP and Jewels veteran Emi Fujino (13-7) at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
“I’m welcoming her to the US from Japan to fight for the first time, so I’m really excited about this fight,” said Aguilar of Fujino. “She’s a tough opponent. She’s been around for a long time. But again, I train very hard with a top team, so I expect the fight to go easy.
“Anything can happen in MMA, but that’s my plan – go in there, take her down and submit her.”
Should Aguilar prove successful against Fujino on Saturday night, she intends to keep the ball rolling as much as she can in the second half of 2014.
“I want to see myself doing more hard work now and prove to everyone why I’m the best strawweight in the world,” said Aguilar.
“I want to stay busy and I plan to fight another one or two more times this year and just continue to defend my title. I want to keep working and stay busy.”