Bellator women’s flyweight phenom Valerie Loureda is now officially a WWE Superstar.
Loureda (4-1-0), 23, confirmed her signing with the WWE earlier today on the “The MMA Hour.” She is the first Cuban-American woman in history to sign with the company and has been training at the company’s WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Fla. in anticipation of a July debut.
“My mind has completely shifted from MMA to the WWE, and all that passion and energy I have for MMA that I worked for five years, I’m now doing that in a training facility in Orlando,” Loureda said. “I love fighting, but this is my time.”
Loureda has a Taekwondo background which helped power her pro MMA career, which began in February 2019 with Bellator. She went 4-1-0 in the promotion with her last fight being a split-decision win over Taylor Turner at Bellator 271 last November.
Bellator CEO Scott Coker said that Loureda will remain under contract and is welcome to return.
Loureda now joins former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar as some of the more prominent former fighters currently in the WWE.
Loureda is expected to debut in the company’s NXT brand and under a stage name.
Financial details were not disclosed.