Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2579 with Valerie Letourneau, Michael McDonald, Enson Inoue, Ana Julaton, Kate Jackson, Raufeon Stots

Stream or download Friday’s episode of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Valerie Letourneau, Michael McDonald, Enson Inoue, Ana Julaton, Kate Jackson, and Raufeon Stots.

Letourneau and Jackson fight each other Dec. 15 at Bellator 191. McDonald, who headlines Bellator 191, called in to talk about his promotional debut. Julaton, Bellator fighter and professional boxer, stopped by to break down Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Gueillrmo Rigondeaux. Stots discussed his headlining spot Dec. 16 against Arnold Berdon at VFC 59.

You can listen below or stream the entire episode on AudioBoom.com.

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Source: MMA Junkie

UFC defectors Michael McDonald, Valerie Letourneau to debut at Bellator 191

Top-ranked bantamweight Michael McDonald and onetime UFC title challenger Valerie Letourneau are set for their Bellator debuts.

The free agent acquisitions will appear at Bellator 191, which takes place Dec. 15 at Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, England, the promotion announced today. The event airs via same-day delay on Spike.

McDonald (17-4 MMA, 0-0 BMMA), the No. 15 fighter in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA bantamweight rankings, takes on Peter Ligier (8-1-1 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) in the event’s headliner. Letourneau (8-6 MMA, 0-0 BMMA), whose debut at Bellator 181 was scratched due to injury, will take on Kate Jackson (9-2-1 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) in the co-headliner.

McDonald signed with Bellator in March after being granted his release from the UFC. A behind-the-scenes fight over the promotion’s business practices led to the souring of the relationship, McDonald said, leading to his decision to look elsewhere.

It’s been 16 months since McDonald has been seen in the cage, with a knockout loss to John Lineker bringing him to 1-1 in the octagon following a long injury layoff.

Ligier, a native of Paris, is a veteran of the European MMA scene and currently is on a three-fight win streak.

Letourneau, meanwhile, looks for better outcomes in the women’s flyweight division. After three straight wins at strawweight, she was unanimously outpointed by now-former UFC champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk and then suffered two additional defeats. At the time, the UFC did not promote a flyweight division, making Bellator a logical choice for a move.

Her opponent, Jackson, recently bested veteran Colleen Schneider via injury TKO at Bellator 182, upping her current win streak to five.

The latest Bellator 191 card includes:

For more on Bellator 191, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

Filed under: Bellator, News
Source: MMA Junkie

Report: Valerie Letourneau meets Kate Jackson in promotional debut at Bellator 191 in England

Valerie Letourneau already knew she’d be making her Bellator debut in England in December. Now she apparently has her opponent.

Letourneau (8-6 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) will take on Kate Jackson (9-2-1 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) in a flyweight bout at Bellator 191. The booking was reported by RDS in Letourneau’s home country of Canada, though Bellator officials have not yet made a formal announcement of the booking.

Bellator 191 takes place Dec. 15 at Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, England. Bellator is partnering with longtime British promotion BAMMA for the event, which also is scheduled to include the promotional debut of another UFC veteran, Michael McDonald. The event is expected to air via tape-delay on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie.

Letourneau, a onetime UFC women’s strawweight title challenger, is trying to revitalize her career as a flyweight. A struggle to make the 115-pound limit in the UFC led her to sign with Bellator in April to compete as a flyweight. Not long after she signed, the UFC announced its own 125-pound division. An inaugural champion in that weight class will be crowned after the current Season 26 of “The Ultimate Fighter.”

She was supposed to debut in the promotion earlier this year at Bellator 181 against Emily Ducote, but an injury forced her off the card. Ducote fights for Bellator’s inaugural women’s flyweight title next month against Ilima-Lei Macfarlane, and there’s little doubt Letourneau hopes to be in the conversation to fight the winner.

Jackson made her promotional debut at Bellator 182 in August in New York and picked up a TKO win over Colleen Schneider when Schneider couldn’t continue after the first round due to a knee injury. The victory gave her five wins in a row, including four stoppages.

Jackson hasn’t lost since May 2013, when she had to quit after two rounds of a fight against current dominant UFC strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk in Poland before Jedrzejczyk arrived in the UFC.

For more on Bellator 191, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Filed under: Bellator, News
Source: MMA Junkie