Although Jessica Aguilar (Pictured) had stepped in the cage to face some of the world’s fiercest female fighters, there was one particular woman she was scared to confront. After nearly five year into her mixed martial arts career, Aguilar finally revealed to her mother that she made a living by laying the lumber.
“My mom and my family didn’t know until this past December,” Aguilar told 5thRound.com. “I hadn’t said anything to them, I was kind of hiding everything because I’m Mexican. In my culture, obviously my mom didn’t like me doing sports, she had never been to any one of my games while I was going through school because she didn’t like it.
“I was just afraid to tell her that I was fighting. She wouldn’t have taken it the right way.”
After bumping her professional record to 10-4 last November, the world’s #2 flyweight finally decided it was time to let the cat out of the bag.
“At first, she didn’t take it very well because again, my culture and she’s very old fashioned, but now she’s supportive,” Aguilar shared. “She still worries, she calls me every day and asks me how I’m doing, how I’m feeling. But that’s normal, she’s a mom and I’m her daughter.
“They are all supportive and all excited for me. I’m just happy that they know and that they are behind me.”
Aguilar fought for the first time this past June with the support of her family. After collecting a win over Carla Esparza at Bellator 46, she earned a shot to avenge the first loss on her resume. The defeat happened to come in her very first pro bout, which came just five days after the very first time she slipped on a pair of MMA gloves.
“Jag” rematches Lisa Ellis-Ward this Saturday at Bellator 58. Much has changed since their initial tango, specifically the size and significance of Aguilar’s cheering section.