Who is the MMA GOAT? It is a conversation with no right or wrong answer and is very subjective. Some see Jon Jones as the greatest of all time; some see Georges St-Pierre. Heck, some see Anderson Silva or Fedor Emelianenko.
For Bellator flyweight prospect Valerie Loureda, she sees the biggest female fighter of all time as the GOAT.
“My MMA GOAT is Ronda Rousey,” Loureda told Helen Yee this past weekend. “It’s Ronda because I believe, to have the personality and character to make a difference, and be the first female in the UFC – she changed women’s sports forever. It’s something I’m so grateful to her for. I admire her a lot for it, and without her doing what she did- having the strength and courage to make a name for herself, I would be able to do what I’m doing today. So, it’s Ronda.”
Loureda was in attendance for Rousey’s match at Wrestlemania this past Saturday, where she lost to Charlotte Flair. A lot of speculation went into why Loureda was in attendance, mainly because the WWE personally invited her.
Do we see her follow the likes of Rousey and Paige VanZant to the pro wrestling world? Only time will tell.
Advice from Gamebred
The 23-year old also revealed some advice from teammate Jorge Masvidal in the interview with Yee.
“The best piece of advice that Jorge has given me is ‘to keep doing what works’ like, keep focusing on training. The main thing is the main thing, and what has gotten me here is fighting. In order to win fights, I have to train,” Loureda said. “He always told me don’t let the fame distract me, and that fighting is our focus. He also reminded me that I’m a dog, I do have big potential in the sport.”
Loureda is coming off a win over Taylor Turner at Bellator 271 in November. She doesn’t have a scheduled fight as of now but hopes to get two knockout victories in 2022.