RESULTS: Bellator 191: McDonald and Letourneau are Victorious in Bellator debuts

RESULTS: Bellator 191: McDonald and Letourneau are Victorious in Bellator debuts

Published: December 15, 2017


  Michael McDonald defeats Peter Ligier via unanimous decision. Photo: Bellator MMA

Michael McDonald defeats Peter Ligier via unanimous decision. Photo: Bellator MMA

NEWCASTLE, ENGLAND – At the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, England Michael “Mayday” McDonald (18-4) made his Bellator MMA debut and took on Peter Ligier (8-2) in a 138-pound catchweight fight. McDonald was last seen in the ring 17 months ago in the UFC where he was knocked out by John Lineker. Ligier, on the other hand, came into the fight on a three-fight winning streak. 

McDonald was able to get back into the winning column by securing a clear unanimous decision over Ligier in a performance that was somewhat subpar but effective enough to earn a victory. All three judges scored the fight for McDonald with scores of 30-27. The win for McDonald was bittersweet as he broke his hand in the second round. At 26 years of age McDonald has time to recover and get himself back into title contention.

I was happy with the performance. He ate some heavy punches. I hit him hard enough to break my right hand again, so he’s very durable and I expected that from him. I’ve seen him get put down and keep coming. He was very impressive, I’m honored to have fought him and he really stepped up to the occasion. I think that I have some pretty high accolades for a bantamweight, but I really have no idea how that stacks up to the other guys in my division. We will let this hand heal up and find out soon.
— Michael McDonald
  Valerie Letourneau wins a unanimous decision over Kate Jackson in her Bellator MMA debut. Photo: Bellator MMA

Valerie Letourneau wins a unanimous decision over Kate Jackson in her Bellator MMA debut. Photo: Bellator MMA

Bellator’s Women’s Flyweight division was on display as 10-year veteran Valerie “Trouble” Letourneau (9-6) took on Kate Jackson (9-3-1). Letourneau, who hails from Montreal, Quebec, Canada, came into the bout with Jackson on a three-fight losing streak while also making her Bellator debut. Jackson went into the fight on a five-fight winning streak. 

The Montreal native was able to snap her losing streak as she won a clear unanimous decision with scores of 30-27 from all three judges. Throughout the fight, Letourneau’s counter-punch combination punching set her apart from Jackson who was hit almost every time she attempted to get inside. In defeat, Jackson gave a good account of herself as she never stopped coming forward and trying to attack. The victory for Letourneau after a year layoff due to issues with cutting weight in her previous fight puts her closer to getting back into title contention in the flyweight division. 

I never feel like I’m doing enough. That’s the first thing I ask my coach: ‘Was it a good fight?’ I think experience has taught me to be patient in the fight and to fight smart. You always want to put on a show, but sometimes it can cost you the fight. In my last fight, I didn’t do enough because I was too careful. I wanted to bring all that experience together and make the best of it.
— Valerie Letourneau

A bit of history was made in the Bellator welterweight division when Mohammed Yahya (5-1) became the first fighter from the United Arab Emirates to score a victory in the Bellator cage. Yahya faced off against local native and former ISKA English Boxing Champion Ash Griffiths (4-5).  After a close scare of almost being submitted by guillotine Yahya was able to turn the fight around and stop Griffiths with a ground and pound attack. The fight ended at the 3:26 mark of the first round. So far all five of Yahya’s victories have come inside the distance. 

To open up the telecast, Phil De Fries (14-6) took on veteran James Thompson (20-17) in his Bellator debut. De Fries had a successful debut as he made quick work of Thompson and scored a victory via submission with a guillotine at the 1: 53 mark of the first round. 

Bellator 191 marked the final broadcast for Bellator on Spike TV. Bellator will begin future telecasts on the Paramount Network in 2018


(Feature Photo: Bellator MMA)

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