Valerie Loureda Set for First Bout in More Than a Year at Bellator 243

By Tristen Critchfield Jul 29, 2020

Valerie Loureda will make her return to the cage when she faces Tara Graff in a flyweight bout at Bellator 243.

The California-based promotion announced the fight on Wednesday. Bellator 243 takes place on Aug. 7 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut and is headlined by a rematch between Michael Chandler and Benson Henderson. Loureda vs. Graff will take place on the prelims, which stream on Bellator’s YouTube channel beginning at 6:45 p.m. ET/4:45 p.m. PT.

Anchored at American Top Team, Loureda has kicked off her Bellator tenure with victories over Colby Fletcher and Larkyn Dasch in her first two outings. She was initially scheduled to return against Graff at Bellator 238 in January but had to withdraw from the contest due to injury. Loureda also recently appeared on the reality show “Exatlon Estados Unidos,” which aired on Telemundo and put normal people against well-known figures in athletic competitions.

Known as “The Tiny Terror,” Graff hasn’t competed since going 1-1 during a brieft stint in King of the Cage in 2018.
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