Following her technical knockout loss to Joanne Calderwood at UFC Fight Night 89 (video), which took place last weekend in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, mixed martial arts (MMA) fans were left wondering why Valerie Letourneau was seemingly obsessed with adjusting her sports bra.
The official numbers, which I can't believe even exist, are below:
This probably isn't interesting to anyone but me, but I counted the times Letourneau stopped to adjust her top. pic.twitter.com/L9F3SzO47C— Suzanne Davis (@SoozieCuzie) June 20, 2016
Letourneau went to her official Facebook page to explain:
I want to clarify something, my daughter told me what the commentators were saying during the fight, and I felt insulted.
I have been practicing martial arts for 17 years, so I have no problem taking hits to the chest. It is the rule, and it isn't worse than a low kick! My only problem during the fight is that my bra litterally slipped under my breasts. This is why I stared, embarrassed, at the referee, and I have no idea what Jojo told me, but I had to keep fighting. It seems that I was being mocked because I seemed to be complaining of blows to the breast. I think that I have nothing to prove regarding the numbers of hits I can take without complaining.
Guys, would you be able to keep fighting without being distracted if one of your nuts was slipping out of your shorts?
Anyway, it does not excuse my defeat, but I wanted to clarify this part of the fight!
Letourneau insists "JoJo" won the fight fair and square.
Unfortunately the loss was her second straight and spelled "Trouble" for her place among the strawweight contenders. Letourneau (8-5), 33, dropped four spots to number nine (see the full division rankings here).
Hey, these things happen.