A popular young Bellator MMA up-and-comer has her next fight booked in a month.
On Thursday, Maxim was the first to reveal that Valerie Loureda (3-0) has her next opponent set for Bellator 258. The May 7 card will feature the Taekwondo star against organizational newcomer Hannah Guy (2-1). Loureda confirmed that she had a bout signed on Wednesday, and the promotion has since confirmed the booking on Thursday.
Loureda has competed for Bellator in all three of her pro appearances, winning all three including a pair of knockouts. Her debut in 2019 against Colby Fletcher saw her finish her foe in under three minutes, and she returned a few months later to capture a decision over Larkyn Dasch. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 22-year-old was away for more than a year before her most recent bout, but she made the most of it by putting Tara Graff away at exactly the 10-minute mark with a barrage of punches.
“The Hurricane” will be making her Bellator debut against Loureda, and she also won by stoppage in August 2020. Bouncing back from her first career defeat – a split decision setback to Kayla Hracho nearly a year before – Guy tapped out Vanessa Marie Grimes in the second frame. Both of her career wins have come inside the Summit Fighting Championship cage, and both have come by tapout in Round 2.
Bellator 258 goes down on May 7 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., and the main event sees a bantamweight championship bout between champ Juan Archuleta and Sergio Pettis. Other fights on the main card include a light heavyweight grand prix quarterfinal matchup between Anthony Johnson and Yoel Romero, while Patrick Mix faces James Gallagher at bantamweight.