This past Friday, Bellator MMA confirmed the signing of six new women to their 125-pound flyweight roster. Amongst those names, the most familiar was former UFC strawweight title challenger, Valérie “Trouble” Létourneau.
Valérie Létourneau (8-6) is a Canadian MMA veteran who previously competed for the UFC as both a bantamweight and strawweight– where she became the first woman in the UFC to record wins in two divisions. Létourneau started her pro career in 2011 with a TKO victory over Tannaya Hantelman. In only her second fight, she faced former Strikeforce bantamweight champion, Sarah Kaufman. Despite dropping Kaufman with a headkick in round one, Létourneau lost the fight via second round TKO. After losing to Kaufman, Valérie returned to action and lost a split decision to current UFC bantamweight contender Alexis Davis.
Létourneau would go on to bounce back and record three straight wins– one by submission, two by KO/TKO. She then faced current top UFC strawweight contender Claudia Gadelha in a back and forth fight, ultimately losing by split decision.
Valérie tried out for The Ultimate Fighter 18: Team Rousey vs Team Tate, but lost the her spot in the house to Roxanne Modafferi, who submitted her with a rear naked choke in an elimantion bout. Despite not competing in the house, the UFC called Létourneau in as a short-notice replacement to face Elizabeth Phillips at UFC 174 in a bantamweight contest. Létourneau won her official UFC debut against Phillips via split-decision. Following her victory, Valérie would drop to 115-pound division, where she would pick up back-to-back wins over Jessica Rackozy and Maryna Moroz.
In 2015, Létourneau challenged the undefeated Joanna Jędrzejczyk for the UFC strawweight championship. Despite losing the bout via unanimous deicison, Létourneau put on an incredible performance and cemented herself as a top contender. In 2016, Létourneau competed in a one-off special UFC flyweight bout, losing to Joanne “JoJo” Calderwood via third-round TKO. At UFC 206, she lost a controversial split-decision to Viviane “Sucuri” Periera. In February of 2017, Létourneau announced her departure from the UFC.
Valérie was undersized at 135 to be competitive, and endured absolutely grueling weight cuts to get to 115. The 125-pound division is the perfect weight class for Valérie, she can compete healthily and happily. “Trouble” is hungry as ever and motivated to to make her mark on Bellator’s flyweight division.
The 34-year-old fighter trains at American Top Team in Florida. She is a single mother to her beautiful daughter, Gabby.
Valerie’s striking prowess is on a full display with a first round TKO over Tannaya Hantelman.
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