Before Angela Magana was calling herself “Your Majesty,” women’s mixed martial arts at one time had a queen at the 115-pound weight class – or rather a Warrior Princess.
Resurrection Fighting Alliance announced it had signed Zolia “Warrior Princess” Frausto to a contract, making the fighter’s return to mixed martial arts after nearly two years away from the sport. If Frausto’s name sounds familiar, it’s because she was the first – and only – Bellator women’s strawweight champion. In the announcement, RFA stated that Frausto would fight at 115.
Frausto has fought in a few different weight classes throughout her career. Her earlier opponents include former Strikeforce champion and current UFC star Miesha Tate and fellow Bellator veteran Michelle Ould. The Warrior Princess hit her stride when she signed with Bellator, defeating Rosi Sexton in her debut. She tore through the Bellator Season Three women’s 115 tournament, defeating Jessica Penne, Jessica Aguilar and Megumi Fujii, after which she became the promotion’s 115-pound champion. Some would consider her title reign a bit lackluster as Bellator wasn’t able to find her opponents to defend her title against. She would win back-to-back flyweight bouts before being submitted by Jessica Eye in her last Bellator fight.
Frausto continued to experience some struggles after she signed with Invicta Fighting Championships. Her short tenure with the American all-women MMA promotion included back-to-back decision losses against Jennifer Maia and Vanessa Porto.
The Warrior Princess took some time away from MMA and focused on Muay Thai where she went 2-0 in the World Championship Kickboxing promotion.
It’s good to see a fighter like Frausto return to the case. There are some risks involved, especially for a fighter who hasn’t fought at 115 in almost five years. The weight cut for the first fight could be difficult, or easy depending on her walking weight. There’s also the chance of cage rust.
Still, Frausto brings experience and a well-rounded game to RFA’s women’s 115-pound weight class, which has a some rising talent, including Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger and Rebecca Ruth.
The annals of combat sports are full of comeback stories and Frausto’s begins now. The landscape of the women’s strawweight division has changed in the last couple of years, but we could see the return of a queen.