Gurgel (Pictured, File Photo) tweeted the news on Thursday.
“Warrior Princess” had been scheduled to square off with Carina Damm
in a non-title 125-pound attraction at the Nov. 12 event, but she
will instead undergo surgery to repair her injured knee.
“I just took an MRI of my knee yesterday. I completely tore my
ACL,” Gurgel wrote. “If it was up to me, I still was planning on
fighting. I am able to still move forward and box, and I am very
confident in that and my cardio. But [the] Doctor and [my] coaches
said, ‘No way in hell!’ So it’s off to surgery hopefully soon and
back into training ASAP.”
Gurgel has won six straight contests, falling only once as a
professional. Following her lone defeat at the hands of current
135-pound titlist Miesha Tate
in March 2010, Gurgel defeated Rosi Sexton
only months later to qualify for Bellator’s third-season
tournament. Fighting at a lighter weight than ever before, Gurgel
earned three wins in as many months to capture Bellator’s inaugural
It is not currently known whether Bellator is seeking a replacement
for Gurgel at Bellator 57 or if the organization will simply scrap
the contest and potentially use Damm on a later date, as is common
with late withdrawals.
Featuring the finals of the Chicago-based promotion’s fifth-season
welterweight tournament, Bellator 57 will see Ben
Saunders take on Douglas
Lima at Casino Rama in Rama, Ontario. The winner of that
contest will be awarded a guaranteed title shot against the winner
Askren’s upcoming title defense against Jay Hieron.