In Ohio, on her home turf, champion Zoila Gurgel (11-1) is scheduled to appear on the Bellator 78 preliminary card vs Casey Noland (4-2). Former Strikeforce female MMA champion, Miesha "Cupcake" Tate (with nearly 69,000 Twitter followers) is upset and has declared a Twitter war on Bjorn Rebney (with more than 8,800 followers) and Bellator (with over 42,000 followers).
"Cupcake" Tate still frosted over her Strikeforce Prelim slot
No doubt, "Cupcake" Tate is still feeling frosty over her placement as the headliner for the prelims in her last Strikeforce appearance, a win over Camp Jackson's, Julie Kedzie. She tweeted, "I just UNfollowed @bellatorMMA for their ill treatment of their champ @zoilagurgel I hope you will unfollow until she is added to the main card."
No explanation has been offered by Rebney or Bellator for why the Gurgel fight is on the preliminary portion of the card.
Bellator 78 takes place on Friday, October 26, in Ohio. That's home turf for the Gurgel family. Zoila Gurgel is the current female Bellator champion. Her husband is Jorge Gurgel, who fights for Strikeforce in the lightweight division. Jorge is well known for training with former UFC middleweight champion, Rich "Ace"Franklin.
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Zoila Gurgel: Is it who you know or who you fight?
Zoila is well connected in the MMA world, but that doesn't necessarily translate to being popular with fans on the important social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. Zoila has around 4,800 followers on Twitter.
Previously, Bellator president, Bjorn Rebney, offered Twitter fans the opportunity to decide which fight would appear on the main card of Bellator 58 by declaring a fan vote based on number of tweets. The women won that Twitter battle--Jessica Aquilar vs Lisa Ward-Ellis was shown on the main card.
Ward-Ellis is an Invicta FC fighter. From the outside looking in, it seems to me if Bjorn needed to find a fighter with more name recognition to face Gurgel (on the main card), he could have found an Invicta fighter ready to challenge the champion (wrestler, Carla Esparza comes to mind).
Twitter War: Tate vs Bjorn Rebney and Bellator
I wonder if Bjorn is paying attention to Twitter fans this time around. Zoila is. She tweeted, "I woke up this morning so incredibly amazed to see so much #WMMA support. I truly appreciate it all. Thank you to all. Have an amazing day!"
Here's a sample of what people are tweeting to the Bellator camp:
MieshaTate: "It's not ok for the @BellatorMMA champ @ZoilaGurgel to be placed on the [non-televised] portion of the undercard, in her hometown too! @BjornRebney"
StaleSonnen: "@BjornRebney went all Ike Turner on the entire women's division. Non televised title fight? What a joke."
jlowe234: "@MieshaTate @BellatorMMA @ZoilaGurgel Putting a champ on the undercard is spitting in the face of the champ, the belt and the org. Shame."
reinwalker: "@MieshaTate @BellatorMMA @ZoilaGurgel @BjornRebney a champion should always be on the televised main card. Get it together!"
JamesHoplin: "@BjornRebney is showing that his promotion will continue to be a minor league with his treatment of @ZoilaGurgel. @MieshaTate @iamgirlrilla" (Liz Carmouche, Strikeforce and Invicta FC fighter)
joxasi: "RT @SuperbeastCraig: @MieshaTate @ZoilaGurgel Let #Bellator president @BjornRebney know exactly how pathetic putting a champion on an undercard is. @BellatorMMA"
joxasi: "It is crazy that you're putting a WMMA champion on the under card, especially now when WMMA is on the rise!"
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