Valerie Letourneau vs. Elizabeth Phillips
Round 1: They waste no time got at it. Phillips lands a right hand. Letourneau responds with a jab. Phillips initiates the clinch. Letourneau lands a knee to the body and pushes Phillips away. They both land right hands. Phillips steps in with a right hand over the top. Phillips lands a combination. Letourneau answers with a right hand. They exchange. Phillips lands a right hand. Letourneau has swelling on his face. Phillips continues to throw and land right hands. Phillips is beating Letourneau to the punch. Letourneau lands a counter right hand. She fires off a high kick that barely misses its mark. Letourneau lands an uppercut as Phillips moves inside. Letourneau delivers a kick to the body. Both women are landing, but Phillips has done more damage. Letourneau lands a high kick. She opens up with a combination. The round ends. It was close, but MMAWeeekly scores the round 10-9 for Phillips.
Round 2: Letourneau’s left eye is really swollen. She lands an uppercut as Phillips moves in with her face down. Phillips delivers a front kick to the face. Letourneau looks for a takedown and can’t get it. Phillips presses froward. She presses Letourneau against the cage. Letourneau delivers knees to the body. She gets free from the clinch and they’re back at distance. Phillips lands an outside leg kick. Letourneau responds with a combination. Letourneau starting to land at regularity. She lands a combination. She lands a lead uppercut. Phillips has slowed some. Her hands are low. Phillips plows forward. Letourneau hits her as she does. Letourneau lands another combination. Phillips has really slowed. Letourneau is showing that she’s much more technical. They exchange right hands. Letourneau continues to land that uppercut as Phillips moves in and ducks to punch. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores it 10-9 for Letourneau.
Round 3: Phillips immediately tries to take the fight to the ground, but Letourneau stuffs it. Letourneau lands a right hand. Phillips continues to press forward. They exchange jabs. Letourneau lands an uppercut. Letourneau moves forward with a combination. Phillips ties her up and looks for a takedown. Letourneau delivers knees to the body. Letourneau pushes Phillips by the face. She takes Phillips down but Phillips quickly gets back to her feet. Two minutes remain. Letourneau lands a right hand. They’re standing right in front of each other. Letourneau steps in with her jab. Letourneau presses forward with a combination. Phillips fires back. They exchange left hooks. Letourneau lands a hard uppercut.. They exchange kicks to the body. Phillips presses forward. Letourneau lands a combination. Phillips lands a right hand at the bell. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Letourneau.
The judges score the fight for Letourneau by split decision. The scorecards read 29-28, 28-29 and 29-28.
“I’m very happy and excited but I want to do much better next time. I think I broke my orbital at the beginning of the fight and it affected my ability to see but I gave it everything I had. It’s a dream come true to fight and win in the UFC. It means everything to me and I’m very thankful for the opportunity.”