Former WSOF champion, UFC, and Bellator competitor Jessica Aguilar will return to MMA in July via a RIZIN atomweight Grand Prix in Japan.
July 31 is the date at Japan’s Saitama Super Arena as Aguilar (20-9-0), 40, will compete against former RIZIN and Invicta FC champion Ayaka Hamasaki (23-5-0), 40, in the preliminary opener.
Additional Fight announcement for RIZIN.37
— RIZIN FF English (@rizin_English) July 7, 2022
The tournament winner will collect approximately $51,000 USD.
Aguilar’s last competed in November 2020 when she lost a split-decision to Danielle Taylor at XFC 43.
Hamasaki is the first Asian to win a premier North American title. She captured the Invicta FC atomweight crown back in 2015 at Invicta FC 13 and defended it twice before moving up to strawweight. She has also competed in the Jewels and DREAM organizations.
The current card for RIZIN 37 is:
ATOMWEIGHT WORLD GRAND PRIX
SEIKA IZAWA VS. LAURA FONTOURA
RENA KUBOTA VS. ANATASIYA SVETKIVSKA
AYAKA HAMASAKI VS. JESSICA AGUILAR
KANNA ASAKURA VS. SI WOO PARK
REST OF CARD
MARCOS SOUZA VS. DAICHI ABE
VUGAR KARAMOV VS. SORA YAMAMOTO
HIDEO TOKORO VS. MAKOTO TAKAHASHI
KOTA MIURA VS. FELIPE MASONI
HIDEKI SEKINE VS. TSUYOSHI SUDARIO
YUSHI VS. HARUKI
YUKI MOTOYA VS. SHINOBU OTA
ULKA SASAKI VS. YUKI NAKAHARA
NAOKI INOUE VS. KENTA TAKIZAWA