MMAStateOfMind’s UFC FN 131 Betting Selection

Jodie Esquibel vs. Jessica Aguilar

At one time, Jessica Aguilar was considered the best Female Strawweight on the planet. With an initial win over Megumi Fugii (At the time considered the GOAT of WMMA), she then rode out her prime in Bellator and WSOF (although with the cans she was squashing in WSOF, it’s hard to tell if it was still her prime). “Jag” is now 36 years old, and 0-2 in the UFC, where it appears her more basic wrestler heavy/winging punches style game is somewhat outdated.

Jodie Esquibel is just well-rounded enough, with good coaching, an improving striking game, and the cardio to give a fading Aguilar the type of fight that sees her going 0-3 in the UFC. Even in defeat, Esquibel showed up against a game Karolina Kowalkiewicz, and proved that she can hang with the bottom half of the top 10 in the strawweight division, which is higher then I rate Aguilar at this point in her career.

Pick: Esquibel (+110)