Jessica Aguilar: ‘I Want to Create a Legacy’
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 06.19.2014
Aguilar talks about being her own manager…
MMAjunkie Radio recently interviewed WSOF women's strawweight champion Jessica Aguilar. Below are some highlights.
Aguilar on being hands-on with her career behind the scenes: "I'm hands-on everything. I like to know the ins and the outs of my business, which is fighting. I know I'm a fighter and I train also, but I like to know what's going on behind the scenes. I like to negotiate and things like that also. Everything. I do it all."
Aguilar on being her own manager: "I had management in the past for like a year, and I guess that was the year where I didn't get too many fights," Aguilar said. "It just didn't work out. I'm a hustler. I like to be aggressive, and I like to reach out to people, and – I don't know. It wasn't a good fit at the time. I just started emailing people. I was no one. No one knows who I am. I would get responses. I was up from 5 in the morning until midnight, and I would just go and send emails and emails and emails. I learned a little bit, and it became easy for me."
Aguilar on being too nice: "I'm really nice too, and that's the problem. You can be nice. Sometimes I like to talk for myself, and sometimes I don't. Now I've learned that it's my business and I can say what I want. If it can't happen, then we'll see if we can negotiate. I've been really fortunate and blessed that it's getting easier for me. Since I signed with WSOF, I've had the support of an amazing sponsor. They've made things better for me and have been amazing. I'm just doing my thing, training and winning my fights, and the rest will happen."
Aguilar on not finding the right for someone to manager her career: "I just haven't found the right fit. (I'll hire someone) once I find the right fit, but I haven't found that right fit – someone who is going to go out there and hustle for me and hustle like I hustle. If you make me more money, you make more money. I'm willing to pay. I want somebody that hustles and is willing to work as hard as I work, because I'm willing to work. Whether it be for an organization, whether it be for a manager, it doesn't matter. I'm a hustler. I want to work. I want a better future. I want a better life for my family and everybody, and so I'm willing to work for it – just the same way I work for it in the gym at (American Top Team) when I prepare for my fights. I'm going to continue to work hard because that's what my mom taught me."
Aguilar on creating a legacy: "I want to create a legacy. When I started eight-and-a-half years ago, I didn't know anything about MMA, and I want to leave a legacy with my story behind and be one of the best all time. I want to become pound-for-pound No. 1 in the world. I feel like a champion, but I have to defend it as well. I just got to keep going forward, and that's what I'm going to be doing."