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

Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with Enson Inoue, Michael McDonald, Valerie Letourneau, Kate Jackson, Ana Julaton, Raufeon Stots

Filed under: Bellator, News, Videos

MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Enson Inoue, Michael McDonald, Valerie Letourneau, Kate Jackson, Ana Julaton and Raufeon Stots.

MMA pioneer Inoue is our in-studio guest host. We also catch up three fighters from the Dec. 16 Bellator 191 card: McDonald, Letourneau and Jackson. We also chat with former boxing champ/ONE Championship vet/Bellator fighter Julaton, as well as Raufeon Stots, who fights Arnold Berdon at Victory FC 59 on Dec. 16.

MMAjunkie Radio airs from 1 to 3 p.m. ET (10 a.m. to noon PT), live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. You can watch and listen live on MMAjunkie’s Facebook and YouTubepages. Additionally, SiriusXM Rush (Ch. 93) carries a replay later in the day (8-10 p.m. ET) and the following morning (7-9 a.m. ET), or catch a replay on demand.

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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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Bellator 182's Colleen Schneider will call out Ilima-Lei MacFarlane – with cameras rolling this time

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Colleen Schneider was signed to Bellator on the promise of her potential in the women’s flyweight division.

At bantamweight, she’d stumbled, losing to several seasoned veterans. But 10 pounds lighter, she’d seen impressive runs in the cage.

The stage was set for Schneider to show her abilities at Bellator 170, the Viacom-owned promotion’s first “tentpole” event of this year featuring a grudge match between Tito Ortiz and Chael Sonnen. And she did show off, despite multiple opponents withdrawing prior to the event, submitting Chrissie Daniels with an anaconda choke in the first round.

Only no cameras filmed it.

“Literally, right as I was ready to walk out for the prelims, they told me I’d be fighting in post-lims,” Scheinder (11-7 MMA, 1-0 BMMA), who next faces Kate Jackson (8-2-1 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) at Bellator 182, told MMAjunkie. “I’d done an entire warmup and had to sit for a couple hours.”

A victim of the promotion’s dubious policy of relegating local fighters to the non-televised backend of televised events, Scheinder, who’s faced UFC vets Tonya Evinger and Irena Aldana, fought in a vacuum. Many of the media members in attendance for the fights didn’t see her win, having already walked backstage for the post-fight press conference.

It wasn’t a wash, but it was pretty close.

“It did something for me in the sense that I went out there and fought well and won my first fight for Bellator, but it could have been a lot better than it was – a lot more useful than it was,” she said.

Although Schneider won her first bout, her second basically serves as a do-over. She’ll emerge with footage the promotion can use to promote her – if they so choose. After the first outing, she rightfully has concerns.

“I would love to fight one of the established flyweights in Bellator,” she said. “I think that gives me more leverage in the organization. So the fact that they’re having me fight someone they just signed, I don’t think it is the strongest thing as far as where it could put me in title contention.”

But then again, Schneider is there to build up her resume. The Bellator flyweight division is relatively thin, with only a few clear contenders for the belt, which has yet to be put up for grabs. Ilima-Lei Macfarlane, with an undefeated record and five wins under the promotional banner, is the front-runner.

Schneider plans to call her out after her fight on the MMAjunkie-streamed prelims Friday at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, N.Y.

“After I go out there and beat Kate, I’ll call for that,” she said. “That’s who I’d love to fight next.”

It seems unlikely a 2-0 run would warrant a title shot, but with another impressive performance, it’s not out of the realm of possibility. Schneider certainly plans to do everything in her power to finish Jackson early when they meet.

She just needs the camera turned on this time.

“I think I’d be a good champion for them if it went down that road, but all I can do it go out there and put on the best fights I can,” Schneider said. “It’s a cliche, but ultimately, it’s up to (Bellator executives) Scott Coker and Rich Chou to decide.”

For more on Bellator 182, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Source: MMA Junkie