Bellator’s Zoila Gurgel Feels Disrespected By Promotion
Bellator’s strawweight champion Zoila Gurgel is not happy with the recent billing of Megumi Fujii vs. Jessica Aguilar as number one vs. number two and let the world know about it. Check out the highlights of the interview below from Gurgel who has been sidelined since suffering a torn ACL in late October.
On Fujii vs. Aguilar being billed as number one vs. number two in the world:
“For my own promotion to kind of diss me like that, it’s like, wow. It just puts the icing on the cake,” Gurgel said. “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.”
On having defeated both Fujii and Aguilar on her way to becoming champion in Bellator:
“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. But I’ve overcome so much more than that,” Gurgel continued. “I wasn’t supposed to be there, let alone be able to go through these entire fights with these girls. I was supposed to be finished in the first round by Megumi and Aguilar. To able to make it through is a win on it’s own, on top of being able to land bigger shots and not being taken to the ground by these veterans. People don’t see that. All they see is this humongous girl coming out of nowhere, dropping the weight, and barely, barely squeaking by, and they didn’t want to accept it.”
On Bellator’s treatment since her injury:
“It’s been a while since I’ve heard from anybody at Bellator,” Gurgel dismally said. “As soon as I got hurt and tore my ACL, I heard no words from anybody at all. I’ve heard of Dana White and everybody else and other bigger promotions calling their fighters and making sure they’re okay, or checking on them. I didn’t get any word from, not Bjorn (Rebney), not anybody in that organization. … It’s just to a point where it’s like, okay, I’m going to have to do this on my own, the same way I did it before. It’s just kind of frustrating, but what can you do.”