Letourneau Walks Into Enemy Territory At Bellator 213

Valerie Letourneau knows she’s walking into an away game on December 15th, as the Canadian turned Floridian, makes her way into Ilma-Lei Macfarlane’s home-state of Hawaii for Bellator 213.

In her first title opportunity inside the Bellator cage Letourneau looks to accomplish what she couldn’t in the UFC when she lost to them UFC strawweight champion Joanna Jędrzejczyk at UFC 193.

“It’s a different challenge,” Letourneau told FIGHT SPORTS about comparing Jędrzejczyk to current Bellator flyweight champion Macfarlane, as the Montreal born fighter was offered her fight against “Joanna Champion” two days after a win over Maryna Moroz in August 2015. “I was expecting this to happen, I even thought my last fight was going to be (Macfarlane)… and even fighting with Bellator, I was all-in or all-out.”

“I was going to get to a title fight pretty quick or I was going to retire.”

At 35 and with a teenage daughter at home, “all-in or all-out” has been the mindset for Letourneau, as she looks towards the end of her career. “At my age and the way I feel about my body, I could never have made another training camp or even a championship fight at 115 (pounds),” she told FIGHT SPORTS. “This is the only way I can do this healthy and focused on my skills.”

Walking into Honolulu on Saturday night, some may see the advantage so big for Macfarlane, that the only way Letourneau can win is by stopping the fight before the scorecards.

“I know I can finish this fight, but I don’t need to rush to finish this fight. I totally believe I can win this fight in a decision, but you never know.”

“This is my last chance, I’ll never have this chance again” Letourneau explained to FIGHT SPORTS, about her first Bellator title shot. “I really need(ed) to focus on my camp and my daughter understands that and her dad knows that too.” “I cannot wait to enjoy Christmas, but I am in another world right now.”

 

“I really see myself leaving with the belt. So, thinking of retirement is already thinking that I’m losing this fight… I’ve been very emotional my last few fights, because it could always be my last fight and I want to make the best of it. I’m gonna fight this like it is my last fight.”

Letourneau-MacFarlane headlines Bellator 213 On Saturday December 15th from the Neal S. Blaisdell Center in
Honolulu, Hawaii.

Main card (DAZN at 10 p.m. ET)

Ilima-Lei Macfarlane (125) vs. Valerie Letourneau (124.4)

Lyoto Machida (185.9) vs. Rafael Carvalho

Neiman Gracie (168.8) vs. Ed Ruth (169.3)

Muhammad Lawal (203.8) vs. Liam McGeary (203.4)

Kona Oliveira (153.7) vs. Nainoa Dung (153.3)

Undercard (FIGHT SPORTS at 8 p.m. ET)

Maki Pitolo (179.8) vs. Chris Cisneros (178.9)

Timothy Teves (143.9) vs. Canaan Kawaihae (145.7)

Kai Kamaka III (136) vs. Shojin Miki (136)

Ryan Dela Cruz (155.6) vs. Spencer Higa (154.8)

Dustin Barca (154) vs. Isaac Hopps (154.1)

Kala Hose (208.3) vs. Marcus Gamble (206)

Russell Mizuguchi (125.7) vs. Michael Nakagawa (123)

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