Valerie Letourneau makes her hugely anticipated return to the cage at this Friday’s Bellator 191 event when she battles Kate Jackson.
Letourneau (8-6-0) will be making her 125-pound debut, as well as her first appearance since leaving the UFC. With a victory on Friday, the 34-year-old has one thing on her mind, a shot at Ilima-Lei Macfarlane‘s Bellator MMA flyweight title.
“This is my only goal right now, is to reach this title shot and get that belt. This is the only thing I have in mind. This is my only motivation,” Letourneau told Sherdog. “I want to win this fight; I want to make a statement. One thing at a time, but definitely what I’m looking for is a title shot.”
Letourneau says that taking a year off has given her time to regain the strength she had lost whilst attempting to make the strawweight limit as part of the UFC.
“I’ve always been a strong woman. Even when I was fighting at 135 I was a small 135er, but I felt like my body changed so much. Honestly, it really actually to me like a year to get this weight back, to get my legs back, to get my muscle back and my strength back,” Letourneau said. “It feels good to just finally feel my body like I always felt my whole career. It’s only when I cut down to 115 that I felt so skinny and felt weak. Maybe not weak for 115, but weak for what I was used to.”
“My fight camp is so much more focused on performing. Get strong and get fast. At 115 everything was about cutting weight,” she said. “Not putting on too much muscle. Even if you don’t lift weights, lifting people up, boxing every day, you put on muscle. The more muscle you put on the harder the cut is going to be. You want to push, but you cannot push too much. It’s not the way it should be for an athlete. You want to be in the best shape of your life. You want to be as strong as possible. Finally, I really feel like I can focus on performing.”
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.