10 hard-hitting questions for Houston-based MMA fighter Jessica Aguilar
The co-main event of XFC 43 will feature Houston-based fighter Jessica "Jag" Aguilar returning to action against Danielle Taylor, Wednesday night at The Tabernacle in Atlanta. The two women will throw down at 115 pounds. This will mark the first XFC card in more than four years as the fighting world attempts to seek out fighters for the next generation of MMA.
Aguilar grew up in Pozarica Veracruz, Mexico, made her professional fighting debut in 2006 and has served as a pioneer for women's MMA while fighting in WSOF, Bellator, UFC and now XFC. She has rung up 20 wins worldwide during her reign as strawweight champion. Aguilar is not only an inspiration to female MMA fighters, but a leader for the LGBTQ community.
Wednesday will mark Aguilar's first fight in two years since signing an exclusive, multi-year contract with XFC in October. The two parties are confident it will be a successful partnership.
"Jessica Aguilar is a true icon of MMA, and we couldn't be more excited to see her back in action in the XFC Hexagon. Jessica has accomplished so much, but she came to us hungrier than ever. She's going to be tested as a world-class athlete at XFC, and we believe she'll once again rise to the occasion," XFC President Myron Molotky said.
Aguilar has been training with Bob Perez, co-owner of Main Street Boxing and Muay Tai in Houston. SportsMap caught up with Aguilar for a quick 10 questions before Wednesday's bout.
SportsMap: Was it your dream as a child to become a professional fighter?
Jessica Aguilar: Never in my wildest dreams. It's a wild story that I just fell into place, and I became a world champion! I did dream of becoming a professional athlete, doctor or movie star.
SM: Where do you find the drive to continue to fight at 38 years old?
JA: My love for this sport drives me! It's that feeling you get when you're in the ring. It's the best feeling ever.
SM: Is professional fighting your only job?
JA: Yes, currently. However, I also teach self-defense classes, commentate and just got my licenses to do EP work (executive protection).
SM: What are the ups and downs you've faced being a pioneer for the LGBTQ community in MMA?
JA: There are so many ups. One of those is getting awarded by GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) in NYC for being me. As for the downs, I ignore them and use it as fuel which led me to becoming the best in the world. I'm just honored to be representing the LGBTQ on my platform.
SM: What does your training day schedule look like?
JA: Monday-Saturday. 6-10 hours a day. My training consists of Brazilian jiu-jitsu, boxing, Muay Thai, wrestling and strength and conditioning.
SM: What do you eat on fight day?
JA: A good hearty breakfast followed by a clean lunch with good carbs and protein. I also snack on fruit throughout the day.
SM: What unfinished business do you have to take care of on November 11?
JA: The unfinished business is to show myself that I still got “it" by finishing my opponent in a dominant fashion.
SM: Favorite takedown move?
JA: The single leg takedown.
SM: What does your body feel like the day after a brutal fight?
JA: Like a truck hit me.
SM: How have you managed to avoid cauliflower ear?
JA: I have small ears and I am very good at protecting them.
You can follow Jessica Aguilar on Twitter @jagatt and watch XFC 43 LIVE on NBC Sports Network this Wednesday night.