When you’re in over your head, sometimes your mind will play tricks on you as a coping mechanism. These tricks are called “delusions”, and Valerie Letourneau has them bad.
Slated to take on strawweight champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk in the UFC 193 co-main event, Letourneau has convinced herself that the Polish lady-killer isn’t all that.
As per MMAFighting:
“I’m not impressed,” Letourneau said Tuesday on The MMA Hour. “I like [Jedrzejczyk’s] style, I like her as a fighter. Like I said in other interviews, I was looking at her more as a fan. If my memory is good, I think even when she fought (in the UFC) at first, I wasn’t fighting at 115. I was not even looking at her like a future opponent.
“So, I’m not impressed because I fought such tough girls in my career. I’m never going to go in there scared or anything. I’m just doing my best, and I prepare myself the best that I can for my opponent. I have an awesome coach, I have every tool here, and I know I’m capable of doing anything.”
Whatever, Valerie. The champ is going to destroy you.
To put things in perspective, Jedrzejczyk earned her belt after nearly beating Carla Esparza to death; Esparza was champ because she won TUF 18, and Letourneau couldn’t get past Roxanne Modafferi to make it into the TUF House that season.
The only reason Letourneau was given this title shot is timing – top contender Claudia Gadelha is injured, and the UFC wants to build Jedrzejczyk up by having her in a co-main event of a pay-per-view that Ronda Rousey headlines.
Letourneau is doomed. And that’s true whether her mind accepts it or not.