Zoila Frausto Gurgel

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Zoila Frausto (born December 10, 1983) is an American professional female mixed martial artist and kickboxer. Her nickname comes from the popular 1990s TV series Xena: Warrior Princess. She was the first Bellator Women’s Champion.

Zoila is of Mexican descent and heritage. Zoila’s father is a third-degree black belt in tae kwon do. Her sister is MMA fighter Stephanie Frausto. She graduated from Madera High School in 2002 and attended Fresno City College.

Frausto debuted in mixed martial arts on February 13, 2009 and faced Karina Hallinan at WarGods: Valentine’s Eve Massacre. She defeated Hallinan by Split Decision.

She next faced Sarah Boyd on June 27, 2009 at Disturbing The Peace in Fresno, California. Frausto won the fight by Unanimous Decision.

On July 25, 2009, Frausto fought a debuting Leeann Jenkins at Pure Combat 9 – Home Turf. She won the fight by Unanimous Decision.

Frausto faced Elisha Helsper, who was coming back from a 3-year layoff, at Strikeforce Challengers: Gurgel vs. Evangelista on November 6, 2009, and won the fight by Unanimous Decision.

She next faced Jessica Rakoczy at Tachi Palace Fights 3 – Champions Collide on February 4, 2010. Frausto won the fight by armbar submission in the first round.

Frausto faced Miesha Tate on March 26, 2010, at Strikeforce Challengers: Johnson vs. Mahe. She lost the fight by armbar submission in the second round.

On May 16, 2010, Frausto dropped down to 125 pounds to face Michelle Ould at TWC 8 – Meltdown in Porterville, California. She was awarded a victory by verbal submission due to an ankle injury Ould sustained while taking Frausto down.

Frausto faced Rosi Sexton at Bellator 23 on June 24, 2010. She defeated Sexton by knockout due to a knee exactly two minutes into the first round.

She entered the Bellator Season Three 115-pound women’s tournament at Bellator 25 and faced Jessica Penne in the opening round. Frausto won the fight via unanimous decision.

Frausto faced Jessica Aguilar in the second round of the Bellator tournament at Bellator 31. She was awarded a highly controversial split decision and went on to face Megumi Fujii in the tournament final at Bellator 34 on October 28, 2010. Frausto once again won a controversial decision, handing Fujii her first professional defeat and becoming the inaugural 115-pound women’s champion.

Frausto faced Karina Hallinan at Bellator 35 in a non-title match on March 5, 2011 in Lemoore, California. She won the fight via unanimous decision but suffered a right hand fracture.

Frausto agreed to rematch Jessica Aguilar in a non-title bout at a Bellator event in late October. However, Aguilar withdrew from the planned fight while recovering from foot surgery and Frausto was booked to face Carina Damm at Bellator 57 on November 12, 2011. Frausto withdrew from the bout on October 20 after suffering a torn ACL in training and was sidelined for a year.

Frausto made her return on October 26, 2012 at Bellator 78 in Dayton, Ohio. She defeated Casey Noland by unanimous decision.

Frausto next faced Jessica Eye at Bellator 83 on December 7, 2012. She was defeated in less than one minute when Eye choked her unconscious with a standing arm-triangle choke.

On February 5, 2013, it was announced that Frausto had signed a multi-fight deal with Invicta Fighting Championships. Also in 2013, she vacated her Bellator title. The Bellator women’s division was dropped later that year in August.

She faced Jennifer Maia at Invicta FC 5: Penne vs. Waterson on April 5, 2013. Frausto lost the fight via unanimous decision.

On December 7, 2013, Frausto faced Vanessa Porto at Invicta FC 7: Honchak vs. Smith. Frausto lost the fight via unanimous decision.

She defeated short notice replacement Corina Herrera via unanimous decision on February 18, 2016 at “Tachi Palace Fights 26: Brawl in the Hall” in Lemoore, California to end a 4 fight losing skid.

After a hiatus that included a divorce and relocating to California, Frausto signed with Combate Americas and made her promotional debut against Jaimelene Nievera at Combate 31 on February 22, 2019. She won the fight via technical knockout in the first round.

As the second fight in the promotion she headlined Combate 41 against Reina Cordoba on August 2, 2019. She lost the bout via submisson in the first round.

She is expected to headline Combate Americas’ event on December 13, 2019.

She defeated Linda Aguilar by second-round TKO in her Muay Thai debut at WCK Muay Thai: Matter of Pride in Temecula, California on February 15, 2014. She took a majority decision win over Jessica Gladstone at WCK Muay Thai: Beauty and the Beast in Lemoore, California on May 1, 2014.

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