Jessica “Jag” Aguilar scored the biggest victory of her MMA career tonight in a featured 115-pound bout at Bellator Fighting Championships 69 in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Aguilar took a close but Unanimous Decision victory over long-time pound-for-pound standout Megumi “Mega Megu” Fujii.
It was Fujii who held an edge early on in the fight with a takedown near the cage, but Aguilar battled back to her feet and stole back the round on the judges’ scorecards with late strikes. Aguilar kept the fight standing in round two and survived a strong final round from Fujii to take the decision win.
Aguilar (14-4-0) countered early jabs and a leg kick from Fujii (25-2-0) with a right hook. Fujii took her down against the cage and Aguilar worked back to her feet. She reversed the clinch and the fighters exchanged knees. Aguilar backed away and Fujii landed a left cross. Aguilar fell after a counterpunch from Fujii, but got back to her feet and landed a nice right hand of her own. Aguilar caught a kick and tripped Fujii. She landed punches from the top and knees to the body, but Fujii spun into an armbar. Aguilar defended and stood before the end of the round.
Aguilar opened round two with some solid punches and Fujii slipped to the mat. She stood and both fighters landed right hooks. Aguilar scored with another combination and Fujii responded with one of her own. Fujii remained the aggressor and threw more punches, but Aguilar deflected most of them and countered a head kick with a one-two. Aguilar scored with her best punches of the fight and Fujii was forced to briefly retreat. She switched to body kicks and Aguilar countered with another quick flurry as the round came to a close.
Fujii countered a right cross with a one-two in the final round and followed with a head kick. The fighters exchanged kicks and Fujii shot in for a takedown. She managed to get Aguilar down near the fence and moved to half-guard. Aguilar struck from the bottom, but Fujii snuck in two big right hands. Aguilar got back to full guard and looked for an armbar, but Fujii escaped and retook top position. Fujii punched with her left hand as Aguilar threw elbows from the bottom and continued to hunt for submissions. Fujii punched her way free, then moved back to half-guard before the bell.
Despite Fujii’s takedown and submission attempts in the opening round, all three judges scored it in Aguilar’s favour. Fujii’s dominant final round was not enough to steal back the fight and the Japanese star fell to defeat for only the second time in her storied career. Aguilar has won five straight fights.
Winner: Jessica Aguilar by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) after three rounds. She improves to 14-4-0.