An exciting addition is heading the Bellator flyweight division.
4th dan Taekwondo black belt, Valerie Loureda, will be making her professional debut under the Bellator banner in early 2019.
At only 20-years-old, Loureda has dedicated her life to this moment. Speaking to MMA Junkie, she said, “My mom was pregnant with me during her black belt test. I guess you can say I was kicking since before I was even born. It’s in my blood. I haven’t gone a day in my life without throwing a punch or a kick. It’s who I am.”
In 2017, Loureda realized her passion for mixed martial arts beyond taekwondo. “Taekwondo was evolving a lot. It was becoming a lot of point sparring, so it was kind of going away from my style.” She continued, “I fought in the world championship and then I fought in a President’s Cup, and honestly, I kicked a girl and I broke her rib, and I wanted to mount her, even though I’d never done MMA before. That’s when I realized, ‘Wait, Valerie– something else is calling me. Something bigger.”
The decorated up-and-comer, who went 2-1 as an amateur, is ecstatic to be with the Bellator promotion.
“Honestly, I felt an instant pull toward Bellator because the President, Scott Coker, he shares my same traditional martial arts background, and I know he is as passionate for and he cares as much for martial arts as I do,” Loureda said.
“I truly feel at home because he reminds me of my dad and my upbringing in taekwondo, so I’m real excited about this deal with Bellator. I have a really good gut feeling about this.”
When Loureda begins her professional career, she will settle for nothing short of excellence– “I really want to leave my legacy on this world as being the best female martial artist who has ever stepped on this planet.”
Source: John Morgan, MMA Junkie