“What about May 25 [Bellator 200]? I’m sure we can still get a fight in there,” Valerie Letourneau suggested when asked by MMA Junkie when she would be ready for a shot at Ilima-Lei Macfarlane’s flyweight strap.
Letourneau (9-6) made an emphatic debut at Bellator 191 in December– using her striking to take a dominant decision over Kate Jackson. After the fight, “Trouble” immediately set her sights to the top of the division– inaugural and reining champion Ilima-Lei Macfarlane.
“I don’t know if this is going to happen– but this is what I want. Everybody knows this is what I’m looking for. If not, anything that’s going to get me closer to a title shot,” the Canadian fight veteran said on MMA Junkie Radio.
How soon is Letourneau looking for a fight? “Right now. Give me six weeks I will be in for a title shot. I’ve been traveling a lot, learning some new stuff. Yeah. I would like to jump in a camp right now.”
Letourneau ensures she will be ready to make the most out of the opportunity. The flyweight has never shied away from tough fights– she has an extensive resume that includes battles with Joanna Jedrzejczyk, Claudia Gadelha, Joanne Calderwood, Sarah Kaufman, Alexis Davis, and more.
The former UFC strawweight title challenger turned Bellator flyweight contender admits that she’s had an eye on Macfarlane since moving to the promotion.
“Yes. Since I saw the championship fight I had her in mind. Even the fight I just did– for me, there are things I have been working on that would be good preparation for her fight. Bellator– it’s in their hands. There are a lot of good girls right now.
“All I can do is train hard and win my fights and I’m gonna get there,” added Letourneau.
Ilima Macfarlane was crowned the flyweight champion in November, when she submitted Emily Ducote in the fifth round of their inaugural Bellator flyweight championship match.
Neither Macfarlane nor Letourneau is currently booked for fights.
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