Friday, February 4, 2011

Zoila Frausto vs. Kaina Hallinan

Bellator Fighting Championships' 115-pound champion Zoila Frausto (10-1 MMA, 4-0 BFC) likely will meet Karina Hallinan (3-4 MMA, 0-0 BFC) at next month's Bellator 35 event.

A source close to the negotiations told ( verbal agreements are in place for the non-title fight, though bout agreements have not been signed.

Bellator 35, which kicks off the organization's fourth season, takes place March 5.

The Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, Calif., plays host. The California venue also is home to Tachi Palace Fights, which will assist in booking the night's preliminary card.

The bout actually marks a rematch of Frausto's first-ever pro fight. Back in early 2009, she scored a close split-decision win over Hallinan at a regional show in California.

In 2010 Frausto won Bellator's season-three women's tourney, which also made her the organization's first female champion. Her tourney run, which only came about after she upset Rosi Sexton in a season-two fight and took her spot in the eight-woman field, included decision wins over Jessica Pene and Jessica Aguilar. She then scored a major split-decision upset of then-undefeated Megumi Fujii (22-0) in the finale.

Frausto, who also twice competed under the Strikeforce banner (and suffered her only career defeat to upcoming title challenger Miesha Tate), now has won five straight fights.

Hallinan, who also made her pro debut in that close 2009 loss to Frausto, won three of her next four pro fights, and the lone loss came to notable Carla Esparza. The former Team Quest fighter and current Greg Jackson-trained competitor recently suffered back-to-back submission losses in the New Mexico-based Evolution Combat Sports Championship organization.

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