by Tom Hamliin – MMAWeekly.com
The lone women’s bout on Bellator Fighting Championship’s inaugural card has been scratched due to injury.
A 120-pound match-up between Jessica Aguilar and Rosi Sexton will not take place on April 3 at the Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood, Fla. According to a source close to the situation, Aguilar injured her shoulder and was forced to bow out of the event.
John Hartnett, a representative of American Top Team where Aguilar trains, confirmed her withdrawal, though he would not disclose the nature of the injury. Sexton mourned the change in a lengthy post on her official blog on Sunday.
“I was all ready to fly to Florida when I got the news,” wrote Sexton. “I’m gutted, and pissed off. Not with anyone in particular, just with the situation. My life has been chaos for the last four weeks, as I’ve pushed everything else to one side and put all my time and energy into getting ready for the fight in the time we’d been given. Everything had just come together… and then I get this news.
“With that said, though, I think Aguilar missed a great opportunity. With the short time span, and some less than ideal conditions, my preparation’s been pretty rocky in places. What’s more, in agreeing to the fight in the first place, I broke one of the golden rules. I signed a fight at a weight I’ve not made before. (Sure, I’ve weighed 120 pounds in the past – but not since 2001.)”
The bout will be replaced by a local match-up between Kevin Abrande and Jason Brasco in the middleweight division.