Bellator Signs Viral Taekwondoe Master Valerie Loureda For Her MMA Debut

US Olympic Taekwondoe master Valerie Loureda is set to take the MMA world by storm. Image source: Master Valeire Loureda on Instagram

Bellator MMA continues to scoop up some interesting prospects. This time it’s multiple black belt and US Olympic team member Valerie Loureda who will make her debut next month…

Bellator 215 is set to take place on February 15 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. The main event features heavyweight veterans Matt Mitrione and Sergei Kharitanov in a heavyweight clash.

The card will serve as the first of a two-day double-header of shows for Bellator MMA. The Saturday 16th show will feature Michael “Venom” Page against fellow British knockout artist Paul Daley in the top spot.

There’s one name, however, recently added to the Bellator 215 card that has everyone talking. Her name is Valerie Loureda and she is an absolute beast.

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Valerie Loureda makes a very interesting addition

Valerie Loureda Joins Bellator MMA

Fourth degree Taekwondoe black belt and US Olympic team member Valerie Loureda has now signed to Bellator MMA. She will compete in the flyweight division with her debut scheduled for Bellator 215.

Her opponent is yet to be determined after her original match was canceled due to licensing issues. Although only 20 years old, Valerie is far from a rank amateur.

As well as her world championships in TKD, Valeria is also 3-0 as an amateur MMA fighter. Speaking to MMAJunkie.com last year, Loureda said she is very excited to take on the world of professional MMA:

“My mom was pregnant with me during her black belt test,” Loureda told MMAjunkie. “I guess you could say I was kicking from 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.”

“Taekwondo was evolving a lot,” Loureda said. “It was becoming a lot of point sparring, so it was kind of going away from my style. 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.’”

“I feel like I’m a true martial artist, and MMA has allowed me to portray to the world the honor, discipline and tradition that comes with being a black belt, and Bellator has given me the opportunity to influence the lives of thousands of people, especially women who are looking and are struggling to pursue their passion, so I’m really excited to just get in that cage, confront whoever they put in front of me, and with respect, win that challenge and continue going up and developing.

“I really want to leave my legacy on this world as being the best female martial artist who has ever stepped on this planet.”

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