Taekwondo master Valerie Loureda makes MMA debut vs. Anastasia Bruce at Bellator 215

Taekwondo master Valerie Loureda now has the first booking of her Bellator career.

Loureda (0-0 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) will take on Anastasia Bruce (0-0 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) on the preliminary card of Bellator 215, Bellator officials today told MMAjunkie. The bout serves as the professional MMA debut of both fighters.

Bellator 215 takes place at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. The event’s main card is expected to air on Parmaount and stream on DAZN.

Loureda, 20, is a 4th degree black belt and former member of the U.S. Olympic team in taekwondo. She has competed in three amateur MMA fights and is training at American Top Team in advance of her pro debut.

This past November, she gave an extensive interview to MMAjunkie this past November and talked about her aspiration to break into the MMA industry. She was recently named a “Fighter to Watch” in 2019.

Bruce, who works out of Kai’s Next Level MMA in New York, is 0-2 as an amateur, losing both fights via submission. A makeup artist by day, she was inspired to continue as a professional after watching now-former UFC champ Cris Cyborg.

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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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