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Bellator 181: Valerie Letourneau injured, Jessica Middleton steps in to fight Emily Ducote

Valerie Letourneau
Valerie Letourneau
Esther Lin

Bellator 181: “Girtz vs. Campos 3” comes to WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Okla., tomorrow night (Fri., July 14, 2017), featuring a main event trilogy match between Lightweight fighters Brandon Girtz and Derek Campos, who are tied at one apiece after Girtz scored a 37-second knockout in their last encounter.

Friday’s Spike TV-televised show was also expected to feature the Bellator debut of Valerie Letourneau at Flyweight, but the former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighter will have to postpone that to another day. According to MMA Fighting a late injury of an undisclosed nature has knocked Letourneau (8-6) off the card, where she was expected to face durable Bellator veteran Emily Ducote (5-2).

Fortunately for Ducote, she is not scratched from the card as well. Jessica Middleton (2-1) has agreed to step in as a late notice replacement. Ducote and Middleton have something interesting in common — both suffered their only loss in Bellator at the hands of Ilima-Lei Macfarlane.

Check out the updated Bellator 181 fight card below:

Bellator 181 “Girtz vs. Campos 3” (Spike TV):

Lightweight: Brandon Girtz vs. Derek Campos
Women's Flyweight: Jessica Middleton vs. Emily Ducote
Bantamweight: Joe Warren vs. Steve Garcia
Middleweight: Kendall Grove vs. John Salter

Bellator 181 “Prelims” card (Spike.com):

Middleweight: Aaron Rodriguez vs. Romero Cotton
Middleweight: Rafael Lovato Jr. vs. Mike Rhodes
Featherweight: Justin Lawrence vs. Treston Thomison
Heavyweight: Valentin Moldavsky vs. Carl Seumanutafa
Bantamweight: Jordan Howard vs. Johnny Marigo
Welterweight: A.J. Matthews vs. Andre Fialho
Women's Featherweight: Amanda Bell vs. Brittney Elkin
Welterweight: Logan Storley vs. Kemmyelle Haley
Welterweight: Will Florentino vs. Jonathan Gary
Welterweight: E.J. Brooks vs. Guilherme Vasconcelos
Flyweight: Katy Collins vs. Bruna Vargas
Welterweight: Guillermo Gomez vs. Fernando Trevino

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