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Bellator’s Valerie Loureda announces WWE signing, says it’s ‘time’ to leave MMA

After a lifetime in martial arts, Bellator flyweight Valerie Loureda is making a transition to professional wrestling. The 23-year-old made the announcement in her recent studio appearance on The MMA Hour.

“I have now become the first Cuban-American woman (to sign with the WWE), and I am now a WWE superstar,” Loureda told Ariel Helwani as she tried to hold back tears. “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.