Valerie Letourneau signs with Bellator MMA
UFC bantamweight and strawweight veteran Valérie “Trouble” Létourneau has signed with Bellator MMA to compete in her much more natural weight division – flyweight.
The debut is expected to take place in late Summer and was first reported by Ariel Helwani.
In 2013 prior to losing an exhibition bout to Roxanne Modafferi in the TUF house, Létourneau boasted a record of 4-3, having lost to some of the most elite women in the sport, Cláudia Gadelha and fellow Canadians Sarah Kaufman and Alexis Davis.
About a year after competing on The Ultimate Fighter 18 as a bantamweight, Létourneau returned to the flyweight division at Absolute FC 21. She quickly finished Jordan Moore to earn another chance at the UFC.
Debuting in Canada at UFC 174, once again as a bantamweight due to the promotion’s lack of women’s flyweight division, Létourneau beat Elizabeth Phillips. Afterward, she made the massive drop down to the women’s strawweight division. Létourneau earned a shot at feared champion Joanna Jędrzejczyk after a successful two-fight run in the division; Jędrzejczyk won a unanimous decision. After the victory, the reigning champion made it clear Valérie Létourneau had earned her respect.
Seven months later in June of 2016, Létourneau and Joanne Calderwood competed in the only women’s flyweight bout in UFC history in Ottawa. Calderwood won by KO in round three after a scrappy start. Six months afterward in December of 2016, Létourneau once again returned to strawweight at UFC 206 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She lost a split decision to promotional newcomer Viviane Pereira, her third loss in a row, and was released.
Now as have a number of fighters before her, Létourneau intends to rebuild her career in Bellator.
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