Kristina Williams has herself another high-profile matchup.
“Warhorse” will fight Valerie Letourneau in a women’s flyweight bout on the main card of Bellator 201 on June 29 at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, Calif., replacing an injured Bruna Ellen. The bout was announced on the Bellator 200 broadcast.
In her pro debut at Bellator 185 last October, the 28-year-old Williams dominated boxing champion-turned-MMA fighter Heather Hardy en route to a second-round TKO. She now faces Letourneau (9-6), an 11-year veteran who previously challenged for the UFC strawweight championship.
Letourneau had a successful promotional debut herself at Bellator 191, defeating Kate Jackson by unanimous decision. The Quebec native snapped a three-fight losing streak after signing with Bellator in April 2017.
Also confirmed by Bellator officials on Tuesday was a main card bout between featherweights Robbie Peralta (19-8, 1 NC) and Juan Archuleta (18-1), and a preliminary bout between women’s flyweights Kristi Lopez (2-0-1) and Paola Ramirez (1-2).
Peralta previously competed in the UFC, World Series of Fighting, and Strikeforce promotions, while Archuleta picked up a win in his first Bellator fight in March, increasing his winning streak to 13 consecutive bouts.
Lopez fought to a split draw against Jessica Sotack in her Bellator debut this past August.