Having achieved her goal of becoming a champion in a major promotion, World Series of Fighting 115-pound titleholder Jessica “Jag” Aguilar’s next goal is to be the considered the best fighter in her weight class in the world.
A big step towards proving her superiority is defending her title, which she did for the first time this past June when she defeated Emi Fujino via unanimous decision at WSOF 10.
“The fight against Emi was very competitive,” Aguilar told MMAWeekly.com. “I knew (Fujino) was going to be a tough opponent, and like you saw, she took a lot of punishment. I got the win and I enjoyed it.
“That was actually my first time going five rounds, but I felt really good and that my conditioning is awesome. We had prepared for a five-round fight and camp went really well, so it went really good.”
Former UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes once commented on how someone is not a champion until they defend their title, and for Aguilar that maxim holds true.
“Every fight is different, but I’ve got to defend what’s mine,” she said. “I am the champion and I have to continue proving why I’m the best.”
On Nov. 15 in Tampa, Fla., Aguilar is set to make her second title defense, this time against Brazilian star Kalinda Faria in a bout that almost didn’t happen due to clashes between the WSOF and XFCi.
“I got confirmation from WSOF and Ali (Abdel-Aziz, Executive Vice President) that the fight was still on, so I just focused on my camp and what I needed to do,” said Aguilar. “I really didn’t know what was going on with all of that, but I focused on my camp.”
With the fight a go, Aguilar (18-4) feels she can defeat Faria (15-3-1) by taking the fight to the ground.
“She has good stand-up and awesome ground, so she’s very well-rounded and we match up well,” said Aguilar of Faria. “What I think I need to do is take her to the ground and submit her, so that’s what going to happen.”
Aguilar feels that a second title defense will continue to add to her resume and prove her claim that there is no better strawweight fighter in the world.
“She’s ranked in the Top 10 and has a great record, so I want to get the win and prepare for the next (challenge),” said Aguilar. “That’s my goal: continue winning and be the champion.
“I take my job seriously and I train very hard and it’s just another fight, but I am the champion and I have to acknowledge that I am the best strawweight in the world, so each fight is important to me.”