Ninth-ranked women’s strawweight Valerie Letourneau has the opportunity of her career when she faces undefeated champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk in the UFC 193: Rousey vs. Holm co-main event on Nov. 14 in Melbourne, Australia.
The fight card at Etihad Stadium is expected to set the UFC attendance record, and Letourneau is embracing the moment.
“Everything about that fight is so exciting for me. It’s many dreams come true, fighting on the same card as Ronda Rousey, fighting in Australia, fighting for the title, fighting Joanna, everything is such a big motivation for me. I just feel awesome, I’m just so happy to have the chance to go through this, and it’s the best moment of my life,” said the Canadian during a recent media conference call.
Letourneau made her 115-pound debut in April. She’s never actually weighed in at the 115-poound mark for a strawweight world title fight. She has made the allowed 116-pound limit for a non-title fight and has no doubts that she’ll step on the scales in Melbourne on weight.
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“There’s no doubt that I’ll do it. I know it’s not going to be easy, but there’s no doubt I’m going to do it. Of course, I’m not going to miss my chance at the title for one pound, one more pound to lose, but my weight cut is going a bit better than the two first one and I think we just improve fight after fight, so that should make it easier,” she said.
Jedrzejczyk is as confident of a fighter as they come. She’s aggressive both inside the cage and in her trash talk leading up to her fights. She’s stated that she doesn’t think Letourneau is ready for what she brings to the table. Of course, she also says that about every fighter in the women’s strawweight division.
Letourneau believes that the champion could be overlooking her. Letourneau is riding a four-fight winning streak. Her last loss was by split decision to top-ranked contender Claudia Gadelha in 2012.
“Maybe she’s going to have a bad surprise on November 14,” she said. “I feel like I improved from my fights from Jessica Rakoczy to Maryna Moroz, but I feel like I improved 10 times more already between my fight from Moroz to now, so I just can’t wait to put it all there and to show her I’m capable of it and I just hope I’m going to be able to put everything I’ve been working on in that fight.”