Female MMA is gaining ground in what has been a male-dominated playing field.
Keeping up with the pace, Invicta FC, an event exclusively for women, has added Zoila Gurgel (12-2) to its roster.
The competitor signed the contract on Feb. 5 and already knows who her first opponent in the promotion will be: the tapout artist from Curitiba, Brazil, Jennifer Maia. They will face off at an Invicta show in April, the exact date of which has yet to be confirmed.
“We’re excited about having Zoila, a star of this sport,” said Invicta president Shannon Knapp. “She has a great background and has been moving up in the ranks. We’re confident that her arrival will improve Invicta’s image even more.”
The 29-year-old is the wife of MMA veteran Jorge Gurgel. Zoila was the first 115-pound champion of the Bellator promotion, having ended Megumi Fuji’s unbeaten career, which stood at 22-0 until then.
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