According to MMAJunkie, Valerie Letourneau has signed with Bellator. That’s not a bad signing. Though Letourneau had a string of losses in her run with the UFC, she fought for the belt and was considered worthy of the highest level of competition.
But her addition to the roster poses an interesting question: Why is Bellator signing her? What do they have planned for their limited number of women fighters? Ever since the UFC went big on having female divisions, the bulk of the women fighters out there have signed with them, while most of the rest are under contract with Invicta FC. That hasn’t left much for Bellator to work with.
Time will tell what the future holds.
Anyway, here’s MMAJunkie talking about the signing.
Letourneau (8-6 MMA, 0-0 BMMA), who over the weekend was reported by MMAFighting.com to be on the verge of signing with the promotion, has officially inked a multi-fight deal that will land her in the Bellator women’s flyweight division.
MMAjunkie today confirmed the news with a Bellator official.
“Trouble” parted ways with the UFC earlier this year after she suffered her third consecutive loss in a split decision to Viviane Pereira at UFC 206 in December. The departure was mutual; Letourneau had consistently struggled to make weight for the strawweight division and the UFC has made it clear it has no intention to add a 125-pound division in the near future.