HeHitsMeBecauseHeLovesMe - #1 JAG isn't available either. Which is sad the way that happened.
I didn't want to harp on this, since I've talked about it at length before, and did mention she was unavailable in my first post in this thread, but Aguilar honestly may be in a better position because of her choice at the end of her WSoF contract.
Her contract is for three fights. She already has one down where she dominated Alida Gray in exactly the sort of performance Aguilar needed to legitimize her claim to being #1 in the world. All she has to do now is win her next two fights (next is probably Fujino, who's good but less of a threat than Gray) and she can probably come directly into the UFC in early 2015 and get an immediate title shot against the winner of the TUF 20 tournament. They're going to need challengers, and the fact is of the 16 people in the tournament, 15 will exit on losses. Yes, I know most everyone will get a chance to rebound at the Finale, but a fight between the winner and Aguilar is easily a superior option to facing the winner of a "third place" match between the losing semi-finalists, which is their only real option. Aguilar buys the UFC time to rebuild credible contenders while cementing their claim to owning the division.
She frankly has an easier path to a UFC title shot than the people in the TUF house.
elliotc - Rawlings #10 - really? Who has she beat?
It's not who she beat, as her only halfway decent win was obliterating Jasminka Cive. It's the fact that on relatively short notice she put on a competitive match against World #2 Carla Esparza, and she was very competitive in her other recent loss against World #7 Mizuki Inoue. She's an extremely athletic little freight train with heart to spare. I don't think it's unfair to factor in competitive losses when they were to some of the very best Strawweights on the planet.