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One of Bellator’s most popular up-and-comers is taking a brief hiatus from MMA competition.
Undefeated women’s flyweight prospect Valerie Loureda (2-0 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) is set to put her life in fighting on pause to pursue a stint on reality competition show “Exatlon Estados Unidos,” she announced Wednesday social media (via Twitter):
“To my fans, I’m very excited to announce I was casted for an upcoming reality show @exatlon that premieres Aug. 19 on @telemundo,” Loureda wrote. “This is going to be a life changing journey for me.”
The taekwondo-based fighter also informed her fans she will be disconnected from the outside world for “a few weeks to months.” According to Loureda, there were 20,000 applicants for the show, and with only 10 selected for the team.
By participating in the reality series, Loureda follows in the footsteps of fellow MMA fighters Jorge Masvidal and Yoel Romero, who participated in the show earlier this year. All three fighters are managed by brothers Malki Kawa and Abe Kawa of First Round Management.
“Truly from the bottom of my heart, I will miss you all and know that your support and motivation will keep me going me (sic) every day,” Loureda wrote. “I will be back soon; stronger, faster, smarter, and hungrier than ever to become the next Bellator flyweight champion.”
Exatlon Estados Unidos pins notable figures (athletic or otherwise) against against regular, everyday people as they compete in various athletic competitions. The show airs every night on Telemundo at 7pm EST.
Loureda, 21, has won both of her Bellator fights to date. After quickly finishing Colby Fletcher at Bellator 216 in February, Loureda returned to action against Hooters waitress Larkyn Dasch at Bellator 222. While the fight went the distance, Loureda won on all three judges’ scorecards.
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