Jessica Aguilar Faces Megumi Fujii in Retirement Match Set for Oct 5 in Japan

Damon MartinContributor ISeptember 11, 2013

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It was just over a year ago when Jessica Aguilar claimed the top spot in the world at 115 pounds when she defeated Megumi Fujii at Bellator 69.

The fight was closely contested as Aguilar looked to beat the legendary Japanese fighter and claim the top spot in the rankings.

When it was all said and done, Aguilar won a razor-thin decision over Fujii, but still controversy marred the victory because the fight was so close and scores from fans and critics alike all seemed to differ on who should have been the winner.

So now with Fujii proclaiming that she will retire after one more fight, the two competitors will get the chance to settle the score once and for all.

Aguilar has signed on to face Fujii in a rematch of their 2012 bout when she travels to Japan on October 5 in the VTJ promotion out of Tokyo, Japan.

Aguilar recently exited her previous home at Bellator MMA when the promotion opted to eliminate the women's division entirely. Since that time other notable names such as Jessica Eye have signed with the UFC, while Felice Herrig landed a deal with Invicta FC.

Aguilar has now signed on for at least one fight when she faces Fujii in Japan with a chance to cement her place atop the 115-pound rankings. She is recognized as the top strawweight fighter on the planet, but picking up a second win over Fujii would certainly solidify her placement.

Facing Fujii in Japan will be no easy test for the traveling American fighter.

Fujii was undefeated as a fighter during her entire career with most of the bouts taking place in Japan until she finally signed with Bellator in 2010. It was there that she was handed her first professional loss in another closely contested bout against former Bellator champion Zoila Frausto-Gurgel.

She then lost her second career fight when she faced Aguilar last year. Since that time, Fujii has only competed once more with a win over Mei Yamaguchi in December 2012.

Now the legendary women's fighter will call it a career facing Aguilar in October before officially retiring from mixed martial arts.