Now that Zoila Gurgel has shaken off over 19 months of ring rust, Bellator is scheduling their first women's champion for a 125-pound fight against Jessica Eye.
As MMA Junkie reports, Bellator officials have gotten verbal agreements from both fighters, who will face off at Bellator 83.
While Gurgel was relegated to the prelims during her last fight against Casey Noland at Bellator 78, her match against Eye will take place on the main card of Bellator's upcoming December 7th event. Bellator 83 is expected to take place at Caesars' Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Gurgel (12-1) currently rides a seven-fight winning streak, which includes controversial split decision victories over Megumi Fuji (the former No. 1 pound-for-pound female MMA fighter in the world) and highly-ranked Jessica Aguilar.
Eye (8-1) was actually supposed to fight Gurgel before at Bellator 78, but suffered an injury of her own, forcing Bellator officials to sign Noland instead.
Gurgel created a media stir prior to her last match, as the Bellator strawweight champion took offense to being scheduled on the preliminary card in her return bout—despite being featured on the promotional poster for the fight card. After her hard-fought win against Noland, Gurgel lated admitted via her Twitter account that her efforts weren't "main-event worthy."