A top MMA prospect has signed a multi-year deal with WWE, however in a unique situation will also remain under contract with Bellator.
Marc Raimondi of ESPN has reported that Valerie Loureda had a tryout in the spring, with the 23-year-old now signing a multi-year deal with the company.
Loureda has to this point built up an MMA record of four wins and one loss. Whilst she will still remain under contract with Bellator, she will be moving from her home base in Miami, across state to Orlando where the WWE Performance Centre is based. Until now, Loureda has been training with Dan Lambert’s American Top Team.
Confirming her excitement for the deal, Valerie Loureda has commented that WWE brings everything she loves in one place.
I’m an entertainer. I love glamour. I love production, I love storytelling. And when I saw the WWE, I realized this is everything I’m good at in one place. Not only that, but I saw the opportunity to be the first Cuban American woman to be a WWE superstar.
Valerie Loureda is said to have impressed WWE during her tryouts in April and May, being described as a “high-ceiling talent”.
Bellator President Scott Coker has wished Loureda the best with her move, whilst also noting that the plan is for her to return to the cage fairly soon.
Valerie Loureda is a very young and talented athlete who can accomplish plenty in MMA for years to come, but for now we wish her the best of luck as she pursues her dream of becoming a WWE Superstar.
She will remain an active and under contract fighter with Bellator, and we look forward to welcoming her back into the cage in the near future. We take great pride in allowing our athletes to test themselves in additional arenas such as boxing and pro wrestling.