Valerie Letourneau to Make Promotional Debut Versus Emily Ducote on July Bellator 181 Bill

By Jordan Breen May 1, 2017

It didn't take long for new Bellator MMA signee Valerie Letourneau to get her first booking.

The former Ultimate Fighting Championship title challenger will make her Bellator debut at Bellator 181 on July 14, facing American Emily Ducote in a flyweight contest. The event eminates from the WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Oklahoma, headlined by a rematch between lightweights “Pitbull” Patricky Freire and Derek Campos.
Letourneau confirmed the bout during an appearance on “The MMA Hour” with Ariel Helwani on Monday.
The 34-year-old Letourneau signed with Bellator in late April, joining the company's flyweight division after a tumultuous UFC run where she was caught between weight classes. The American Top Team rep started her Octagon tenure at 135 pounds, before cutting down to strawweight and eventually challenging champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk for the crown at UFC 193 in November 2015. However, while “Trouble” took Jedrzejczyj the 25-minute distance, her unanimous decision defeat started a three-fight slide, including a one-sided knockout loss to Joanne Calderwood in the UFC's first-ever women's flyweight bout -- put together to accommodate Letourneau's weight cutting issues – and then missing the 115-pound mark and losing a questionable unanimous decision to Viviane Pereira at UFC 206 in Toronto last December.
Ducote, 23, made her Bellator MMA last July, tapping favored Brazilian Bruna Vargas in an upset. “Gordinha” has posted a 3-1 mark inside of Bellator, rebounding from a loss to divisional standout Ilima-Lei Macfarlane this past December by choking out Katy Collins in the first round at Bellator 174 in March.

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