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 partners with BAMMA for Dec. 15 event in U.K.

Bellator is partnering with longtime British promotion BAMMA for its next U.K. jaunt.

BAMMA today announced the card, which takes place Dec. 15 at Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, England.

The event, which has yet to be named, is scheduled to feature appearances from Valerie Letourneau (8-6 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) and Michael McDonald (17-4 MMA, 0-0 BMMA), as MMAjunkie previously reported. Opponents for the former UFC standouts are to be announced.

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 to her signing with Bellator in April.

McDonald, meanwhile, is hoping to get back on his feet after a public falling out with the UFC. He is 3-3 in his last six bouts and returned in 2016 from a three-year injury layoff.

Also set to fight on the card is “TUF Smashes” and BAMMA vet Colin Fletcher (14-8 MMA, 0-1 BMMA), Ryan Scope (9-1 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) and reality show star Aaron “The Joker” Chalmers  (1-0 MMA, 0-0 BMMA).

Check back with MMAjunkie for updates on the card as they become available.

For more on the upcoming MMA schedule, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Valerie Letourneau out of Friday's Bellator 181 event, Emily Ducote draws new opponent

On the same day Gegard Mousasi’s Bellator signing was made official, another one of the promotion’s free agent pickups has been forced to withdraw from her scheduled debut.

Bellator today announced Valerie Letourneau (8-6 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) has suffered an injury and is out of Friday’s women’s flyweight bout with Emily Ducote (5-2 MMA, 3-1 BMMA). She will be replaced by Jessica Middleton (2-1 MMA, 2-1 BMMA).

Bellator 181 takes place at Winstar World Casino & Resort in Thackerville, Okla. The main card airs on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie.

Middleton is coming off a submission loss to top 125-pound contender Ilima Macfarlane in April. The fight marked her first career defeat after opening with back-to-back wins.

Ducote, meanwhile, makes her fifth Bellator appearance. She is coming off a first-round submission in April which helped her rebound from her first setback under the Bellator banner, which also came against Macfarlane.

For more on Bellator 181, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Source: MMA Junkie