Much has been made of the recent matchmaking in Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Of course, when injuries occur -- and they're plentiful -- brass at ZUFFA aren't left with much time to fill the gaps.
So when word got out that top women's strawweight Claudia Gadelha may need more time to heal her injured finger, the boys in Las Vegas slotted No. 9-ranked Valerie Letourneau opposite budding superstar and 115-pound destroyer Joanna Jedrzejczyk at the blockbuster UFC 193 pay-per-view (PPV), set to take place on Sat., Nov. 14, 2015 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Naturally, this emotionally paralyzed the Brazilian.
Determined to make the most of her opportunity inside Etihad Stadium, "Trouble" wants to turn up the heat like no one has before against the Polish muay-thai master.
"She's going to have a bad surprise on Nov. 14. I feel like I improve in my fights from Jessica Rakoczy to [Maryna] Moroz. I feel like I improved 10 times more. I can't wait to just put it all there and show what I'm capable of," Letourneau said on the UFC 193 media conference call.
A Letourneau upset in "The Land Down Under" would be historic.
While oddsmakers in "Sin City" aren't showing much love to the Canadian, there's still a fight to be had and she is a winner of four straight, with three going to a decision under the roof of ZUFFA.
Interestingly enough, Letourneau owns a split-decision loss to Gadelha, which took place north of the border over three years ago.
"Joanna Champion," meanwhile, has thrashed the competition at 115 pounds, taking out the first-ever strawweight champion Carla Esparza back at UFC 185 in March, before dismantling Jessica Penne (full fight here) in Berlin last June.
Still, one title defense is not much of a sample size and it remains to be seen if Jedrzejczyk can handle herself when pushed passed her limits, which the American Top Team (ATT) representative Letourneau hopes to accomplish in two weeks' time.
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