Kate Jackson returns to the cage in this Friday’s Bellator 191 co-main event to battle Valerie “Trouble” Letourneau.
Jackson (9-2-1) is coming off an impressive five-fight win streak in professional MMA competition, including four finishes. She previously competed on The Ultimate Fighter 23 and was coached by Claudia Gadelha, losing out in the semi-finals to eventual winner, Tatiana Suarez.
The 31-year-old knows a victory over a former UFC veteran in Letourneau would be a big one to add to her record and she is very confident she will get the job done.
“It’s not like (Letourneau) was ever a huge bantamweight, and she has never made strawweight, so I think we’ll be closer in size, which is good,” Jackson told MMA Weekly. “It’ll be a fast-paced fight. She pressures a lot. I think, I hope, and I plan for it to bring out the best in me.
“She doesn’t have any problem with being punched in the face, and I’ll be happy to oblige that. I’ll stand with her. I’ve worked on my hands a lot the last 18 months. But if the option needs to take it to the ground, then I’ll go to the ground. I’m comfortable there and I feel I have the edge on the ground.”
With a victory on Friday, Jackson hopes to continue fighting in Bellator MMA’s flyweight division.
“I haven’t really considered the next step, which sounds crazy,” said Jackson. “You can’t look past a fight. I want to get this one out of the way and evaluate from there. I’ll fight in the flyweight division of Bellator as long as they want me here.”
Bellator 191 takes place this Friday December 15 from the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, England, United Kingdom. The event will be aired on tape delay via Spike TV from 9pm EST.