June 14, 2019-New York, NY- Earlier this evening Master Valerie Loureda proved to the Mixed Martial Arts world that she is a legitimate force to be reckoned with. Loureda, on only 8 weeks notice, engaged in her 2nd professional bout in six months, at Bellator 222. Tonight she outlasted and outfought her opponent, Larkyn Dasch, for a decisive and unanimous 3 round decision on the biggest stage in professional sports, Madison Square Garden.
In the 3 rounds, while Loureda was not able to knock out her opponent, she did not appear to tire. Cardio conditioning is an integral part of Taekwondo training. Master Loureda delivered a series of well executed Taekwondo strikes and kicks in the match. Dasch appeared frustrated throughout as she attempted to land some decisive blows on Loureda but was unable to make contact.
Additionally, Loureda dispelled the notion of critics that she was unable to defend a ground assault. She demonstrated an evolution of her fighting style to incorporate a complete arsenal of offensive and defensive weapons.
In what has become her signature move Master Loureda entered and exited the ring in her Taekwondo Dobek and 4th Dan Black Belt.
When asked win the post-fight Press conference when she was hoping to fight again Loureda replied, “tomorrow!”
Look out for Valerie’s next MMA fight expected in the next 4-6 months.
Story by Marc Zirogiannis-Editor-in-Chief, 3rd Dan Black Belt, and host of Taekwondo Life Magazine’s Podcast.