Despite a rash of legal proceedings against the UFC, TUF 12 competitor Jonathan Brookins and heavyweight prospect Dave "Pee Wee" Herman, Bellator will be coming back this Thursday night on Fox Sports Net.
The first event will take place this Thursday from the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, Florida. The event will feature two women's tournament bouts, Megumi Fujii v. Carla Esparaza and Jessica Aguilar v. Lynn Alvarez. The heavyweight tourney will kick off as well, featuring UFC veterans Eddie Sanchez and Neil Grove.
Here is a look at the Women's 115 pound field:
Megumi Fujii (20-0, 1-0 BFC)- Mega Megu is arguably the best women's submission fighter in the history of MMA with 16 sub victories. The Japanese dynamo already has the best undefeated mark in MMA history at a perfect 20 and 0. Megumi defeated Sara Schneider in her Bellator debut.
Carla Esparza (3-0)- This college wrestler will no doubt challenge Fujii in her first match with relentless takedowns. However, she is a relative newcomer in MMA just starting pro competition in February of 2010. All three of her fights have ended in submission.
Zolia "Warrior Princess" Frausto (7-1, 1-0 BFC)- Zolia earned her way into the Bellator tournament by delivering Rosi Sexton the first KO loss of her career with a nasty knee and punches. Zolia will look to use her Muay Thai striking to get far in the tournament.
Aisling Daly (9-0)- Daly is arguably the top women's fighter in the United Kingdom. The Irish fighter has 5 TKO's and 3 submissions on her record. Daly has notched 3 of her victories in the Cage Rage promotion.
Jessica Pene (7-0, 1-0 BFC)- This California based fighter has been dominating the lighter women since 2006. She defeated Tammie Schneider at Bellator 5, and followed it up with a rear naked choke of Angela Magana.
Lisa Ward (13-5, 1-0 BFC)- Lisa earned her way into the Bellator tourney by defeating Stephanie Frausto at Bellator 22. She has been fighting for 6 years, fighting in Smackgirl, Bodog and Deep.
Jessica Aguilar (8-3)- The American Top Team product has earned her way to the Bellator tourney with three straight wins in the Action Fight League. She has two wins over Angela Magana.
Lynn Alvarez (5-1)- The Shogun MMA fighter has 4 straight wins on her record, including a submission of Chelsea Colarelli in Shark Fights.
(Megumi Fujii Pictured)