Michael McDonald vs. Peter Ligier, Valerie Letourneau vs. Kate Jackson Top Bellator 191 in England

By Tristen Critchfield Nov 29, 2017


Former UFC title challengers Michael McDonald and Valerie Letourneau will make their Bellator MMA debuts when the promotion heads to Newcastle, England, on Dec. 15.

The California-based organization announced Wednesday that McDonald will face Peter Ligier in the Bellator 191 bantamweight headliner, while Letourneau will square off against Kate Jackson in a flyweight co-main event. Three other contests were also confirmed: James Thompson vs. Philip De Fries at heavyweight; Jeremy Petley vs. Lewis Monarch at lightweight and Mohammad Yahya vs. Ash Griffiths at lightweight. Thompson-DeFries and Petley-Monarch will round out the main card, and Yahya-Griffiths will take place on the preliminary draw.

Bellator 191 takes place at Metro Radio Arena and airs in the United States on Spike via tape delay at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT.

McDonald compiled a 6-3 mark in the UFC, losing to Renan Barao via fourth-round submission in an interim title bid in February 2013. The 26-year-old Californian owns a 17-4 career record that includes wins over the likes of Brad Pickett, Masanori Kanehara, Miguel Torres and Chris Cariaso.

A native of Paris, the 31-year-old Ligier enters his promotional debut with an 8-1-1 career mark. “Badazz” has finished two of his wins via KO/TKO and three by submission while competing on the European regional circuit.

Letourneau will look to halt a three-bout skid at Bellator 191. The 34-year-old Canadian dropped a five-round verdict in a 115-pound title bout against Joanna Jedrzejczyk at UFC 193 and then also fell to Joanne Calderwood and Viviane Pereira in the Octagon before parting ways with the Las Vegas-based promotion. “Trouble” went 3-3 in the UFC and is 8-6 as a professional overall.

Jackson, meanwhile, won her fourth straight contest at Bellator 182, as she defeated Colleen Schneider via TKO after her opponent suffered a knee injury. The 31-year-old Englishwoman is 9-2-1 over the course of her pro tenure.

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