And then there were none, as in no more females on Bellator MMA’s roster after Felice Herrig, Jessica Eye and Jessica Aguilar (pictured) were issued their pink slips on Tuesday.
While Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney declined to confirm his promotion was done with female fighting for good, Rebney admitted they are not in a position to keep the ladies active given their current landscape.
“Jessica Eye, Jessica Aguilar and Felice represent all that is good in women’s MMA,” Rebney expressed in a statement. “Both Eye and Aguilar are ranked No. 1 in the world in their respective divisions and carry themselves with class and distinction elevating the women’s game.
“I’ve said many times that fighters need to fight and fight often. Given our current focus, we are not in position to provide these very deserving women regular and recurring fights on a large platform. And, I felt it was best to let them go and secure options that did. I genuinely wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors and will be rooting for each of them wherever they fight.”
Eye competes at flyweight, while Aguilar fights at strawweight, so transitioning to the UFC’s bantamweight division, the only women’s weight class the Octagon offers, is highly unlikely.
However, Herrig already secured an exclusive, multi-fight deal with Invicta FC earlier today. It wouldn’t be a stretch to think Eye and Aguilar will be joining her in the all-women’s MMA organization.