Injury forces Valerie Letourneau out of Bellator 181, Jessica Middleton in

This Friday newly signed Bellator flyweight and former UFC strawweight title challenger Valerie Letourneau (8-6) was scheduled to make her promotional debut against flyweight prospect Emily Ducote (5-2) this Friday at Bellator 181. Unfortunately, Bellator has just announced via Twitter that Letourneau has been forced to withdraw via injury. Flyweight Jessica Middleton (2-1) has stepped in on short notice to face Emily Ducote.Middleton is coming off the first defeat of her career at the hands of Bellator flyweight frontrunner Ilima Macfarlane. She will look to bounce back and upset Ducote, who is making her fifth Bellator appearance. She is coming off a first round submission victory over Katy Collins in April.

Bellator 181 takes place on July 14 at Winstar World Casino & Resort in Thackerville, Oklahoma.

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