There was an upset last night at Bellator 23 as top ranked woman’s 125lb fighter Rosi Sexton suffered a KO loss to Zoila Frausto.
Frausto looked significantly bigger than Sexton in the cage and made her pay for a cumbersome takedown attempt just two minutes into the fight by landing a devastating knee that folded the UK fighter onto the canvas. Clearly dazed, Sexton was in no position to defend herself on the ground as Frausto landed heavy blows, forcing the referee to call an end to the contest.
Frausto’s win was announced as a TKO, but as you’ll see from the video below it was clearly deserving of a KO.
“Made a mistake, nature of the sport. Well done to zoila. Hope we can do that fight again sometime, but either way I’ll be back,” Sextonposted on her twitter account after the fight.
The shock defeat leaves submission specialist Sexton’s record at 9-2 and raises doubts as to whether she will now be able to compete in Bellator’s eight-woman tournament which starts in August. A KO loss equates to a 60 day suspension which would keep her out of the competition.
If she is ruled out then one woman who could be eager to replace her is Frausto who is now 7-1 in her pro career and just handed out one of the most spectacular KO’s in woman’s MMA to date.
“I talked to Zoila about the tournament – we have suspensions to consider in terms of Rosi’s participation,” Bellator’s Bjorn Rebney stated after the conclusion of the event, though he did say that one way or another Sexton would be back to fight for the promotion.