MMAJunkie.com is reporting that former UFC strawweight challenger Valerie Letourneau has signed with Bellator MMA. Letourneau (8-6 MMA) has inked a multi-fight deal to fight in Bellator’s women’s flyweight division.
Nicknamed “Trouble,” Letourneau left UFC earlier this year on a three fight losing skid. She joined UFC in 2014 in the bantamweight division and won her first fight against Elizabeth Philips. She then decided to make the move to strawweight, which at first was beneficial to her.
Letourneau racked up consecutive wins and earned a title shot against Joanna Jedrezjczyk, where she hung in for five rounds but fell short in a unanimous decision loss. She was then granted a one-off flyweight bout against Joanne Calderwood at Fight Night 89, which she lost by TKO. Letourneau failed to make weight at strawweight for her most recent bout in UFC, a split decision loss to Viviane Pereira at UFC 206 in December. That led to her decision that cutting such a significant amount of weight was no longer an option for her.
With Letourneau’s struggles to make weight at strawweight and the UFC not planning to add a flyweight class any time in the near future, both sides mutually decided to part ways. Bellator is expecting to add a flyweight class later this year, and Letourneau could be inserted into that title picture immediately.