‘I’m the face of women’s MMA’: Valerie Loureda aims high ahead of Bellator return

Despite having just one pro fight under her belt, 20-year-old Florida native Valerie Loureda is setting her sights high as she announced herself as "the face of women's MMA" ahead of her second Bellator bout this Friday.

Former taekwondo ace Loureda made her MMA debut under the Bellator banner in February, recording a TKO victory over fellow American Colby Fletcher.

Apart from the first round win, the Miami native caught the attention of fight fans with the emotional post-fight interview she gave while wearing her taekwondo Gi, in a heavy nod to her martial arts background.

Now, five month later, she will step into the Bellator cage again, this time in New York City's iconic Madison Square Garden in a bout with fellow prospect Larkyn Dasch.

It may be only her second bout, but the ambitious fighter is already eying the championship belt as well as the unofficial title of the face of women's MMA.

"I don't see how it's gonna take me long (time) to win the Bellator belt, I am here to conquer, I am here to take over Bellator," Loureda told at a recent media day.

I am the Bellator girl, I am the face of women's MMA

"And that belt will be mine soon, I am 20 years old, I am turning 21 next month. I have a long length, I have a lot of time in the sport, which a lot of women don't have, and that's the biggest advantage in my career," she added.

In the build-up to the fight, much has been made of the day job of Loureda's opponent after Dasch was pictured signing the bout agreement at her work place – a Hooters restaurant.

But Loureda herself says that it didn't surprise her, as many upcoming fighters have part-time jRead More – Source


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