Valerie Loureda faced the stiffest test of her young MMA career and it led to her first pro loss.
In the main card opener of Friday night’s Bellator 259 event, Hannah Guy was able to weather some hard shots from the previously unbeaten Miami fighter and used a superior grappling advantage to earn a unanimous decision win at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.
Both women met in the center and exchanged punches seconds into the flyweight matchup. Loureda used her side-to-side movement and drilled Guy with a beautiful left hand that put her to the mat. Guy was able to recover for a moment before Loureda landed a big combination. The fight would get to the mat with Guy working for an armbar and it was very close, but Loureda defended nicely, landing a hammer fist on the way back to the feet. Guy continued to use grappling pressure against the fence not allowing the American Top Team prospect to get any space. Loureda got on top on the floor once again and Guy looked for the armbar again as the first round ended.
Loureda landed a three-punch combo to kick off the second and the fight hits the mat once again. Loureda was on top for a moment, but Guy would sweep and end up on top in half guard landing shots to the body before getting into full mount. Guy lnaded some ground and pound and gets to a high triangle position landing ferocious punches and elbows. The referee took a very close look as the triable was locked in tighter. Loureda showed tremendous heart to escape and ended up on top. Guy very active on bottom with strikes and throwing up a rubber guard before going for the armbar again. Loureda was able to get back to the feet before the bell sounded.
After receiving some tough love from her corner in the third round, Loureda lands a jab to start the third. Guy jumped on a guillotine but was ultimately unsuccessful. Loureda scoreed with a combination as Guy tried to smother against the fence. Loureda lands a hard shot that hurt Guy, and another on the ground before she let Guy back to the feet. Loureda stinging her again with strikes and stands back up, landing kicks to the legs of the gorunded Guy. Back to the feet and Loureda lands again as Guy walks through it to get to a body lock against the cage. A switch knee to the body from Loureda lands before Guy clinched again with under two minutes to go. Spinning back fist attempt from Loureda leads to a takedown from Guy who worked on top, moving into side control in the final 30 seconds. Guy looked for the arm and couldn’t get it as the final bell rang.
One judge saw it 30-27, while the other two scored it 29-28 for Guy, who improved to 3-1 as a pro with her second straight victory.