Loureda announced on Monday’s episode of “The MMA Hour” that she had signed a WWE contract and was done with MMMA.
I have now become the first Cuban-American woman and I am now a WWE superstar,” “I’m really excited, and I’ve dedicated my whole life to martial arts, and everything has come to this moment. And this is my opportunity to showcase my culture and entertain the world.”
“I’m emotional because I’ve worked really hard in my whole life. I’ve had a very hard upbringing, and every day, I’ve always just believed in myself, and trained hard hoping to make it to the next step and just chasing a dream that I’ve had in my heart since I was a baby.”
“Scott Coker and Mike Kogan, Rich Chou, they believed in me when I was 19 years old,” “My first professional fight was without shinguards at the Mohegan Sun. opening a main card. They gave me an opportunity opening a main card. They gave me an opportunity to brand myself and build this platform and just be me. Now, I’m making this transition, and my mind has shifted, but I know what I’m going to do in the WWE. …“I love fighting, but this is my time.”
Scott Coker released a statement and he seems optimistic however that Loureda will fight again. “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,” Coker said. “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.”
Loureda attended WWE tryouts in April around Wrestlemania, and impressed WWE brass enough that they offered her a (likely developmental) contract, where she will start training in July.
As a Bellator MMA fighter, Loureda went 4-1 but was a stand out fighter who drew a lot of fan attention.