Sunday, January 18, 2015

Jessica Rakoczy vs Valerie Letourneau added to Apr. 25 UFC show

Last night the UFC announced several matches for UFC 186 Apr. 25 at the Bell Centre in Montreal including Jessica Rakoczy vs Valerie Letourneau. This fight will be on the prelims. Both fighters are Canadian. I think most fans will be familiar with them as Bantamweights but this fight is at Strawweight. I think both are natural 125lb fighters and given a choice would prefer to fight at 115. Jessica is from Hamilton, ON and is a former boxing champ attempting to convert to MMA. The last time we saw her was in the TUF 18 Finale losing to Juliana Pena. At the time, she was nursing a shoulder injury. And she is undersized for Bantamweight. I heard about her dropping to 115 last year. Of course Jessica's biggest problem is she has no ground game. Valerie is from Montreal and she used to train at Tri Star. She now trains at America's Top Team in Florida. She failed to make TUF 18 but got into the UFC as a late replacement and won over Elizabeth Phillips by split decision. She is also more striker than wrestler. Valerie has fought at 125 and 135. But I think this will be her first fight at 115. One would think these two would want to keep the fight standing. But one never knows what may happen.

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