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:

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Source: MMA Junkie

Undefeated A.J. McKee set to fight Jeremy Petley at Bellator 187 in Ireland

Undefeated Bellator featherweight A.J. McKee was hoping to finally fight rival James Gallagher in his next fight. That won’t happen, but they’ll be in the same building.

McKee has been booked to face Jeremy Petley at Bellator 187, promotion officials today told MMAjunkie. The fight is set for the main card of Bellator 187, which takes place Nov. 10 at 3Arena in Dublin Ireland and airs on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie.

The event is headlined by the Irish Gallagher, a teammate of UFC champion Conor McGregor, taking on Jeremiah Labiano in his native country.

McKee (9-0 MMA, 9-0 BMMA) is coming off a unanimous-decision win over Blair Tugman at last month’s Bellator 182. The 22-year-old McKee, one of Bellator’s fast rising stars, owns the longest winning streak in company history at nine. He and the undefeated Gallagher have beefed in recent months. They appear to be on a collision course for a showdown, though it will have to wait for another day.

In Petley (11-8 MMA, 1-0 BMMA), McKee faces a fighter who snapped a four-fight losing streak in his previous bout, when he defeated Chase Morton by decision in May in his Bellator debut.

With the addition, the Bellator 187 lineup now includes:

  • James Gallagher vs. Jeremiah Labiano
  • John Redmond vs. Charlie Ward
  • Andre Goncalvez vs. Brian Moore
  • A.J. McKee vs. Jeremy Petley

For more on Bellator 187, visit the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Source: MMA Junkie