Hannah Guy will be getting a very popular opponent for her Bellator 259 debut, and with her mindset simply focused on fighting, she welcomes her upcoming challenge in Valerie Loureda. Guy, who is 2-1 in her professional career will meet the undefeated and very popular Loureda at Bellator 259 this weekend and while Loureda has put herself in the spotlight both by her performances and the way she conducts her outside the cage, Guy is just looking at another opponent.
Knowing your upcoming opponent has a big following and has created their own path stardom can sometimes prove to be critical for some fighters and that opportunity lies ahead for Guy. During a recent interview with On The Mic podcast, she opened up about her upcoming fight and Loureda as an opponent.
With both women having just three professional fights in their respective careers, Guy recognizes her opponent’s following, has received the social media hate, but also realizes there’s an opportunity for her to steal some shine and gain more respect in her career.
“I’m honestly just excited to have a fight,” Guy said. “When we looked at the tapes we just couldn’t pass it up.”
As the comments on Guy’s social media have come flowing in from supporters of Loureda, she says it makes her want to beat her up just a little bit more, and there’s a big difference in how they both use their social media.
“It does give me a little bit motivation. I’m just excited, I love fighting, I worked really hard for this so I’m just excited. I feel like a lot of people struggle in life, I like to be super transparent and I feel people really relate to that. I just want to be able to be a good role mode, be honest, and show my true myself instead of just this highlight reel.”
There have been plenty of big-time upsets in the history of Bellator, especially with prospects coming in with a lot of potential and hype behind them and while in some promotions an upset could break a fighter, Bellator MMA has seemed to make the most out of surprising results. Believing this fight is happening at the perfect time, Hannah Guy hopes to be next in line to bring an unexpected wave to the promotion.
“It’s definitely going to be an upset. I feel like she hasn’t fought a lot of tough people, and even if we go all the way to a decision, which I don’t really see happening, I think either way people are going to be able to see my skill. Nobody knows who I am so they just think that I suck. They look at my pro record and it’s 2-1, and she’s 3-0, not that big of a difference.”
When it comes to a personal prediction on the fight, Guy believes a finish will come her way, and it’ll come on the ground, where both of her professional wins have come.
“I see a second-round finish on my end. My hands have gotten super good, way better than the past. They’re still not where they would be to fight others and at this higher weight class I feel like I have more power in my hands so I think I can definitely hurt her with my punches, and then from there take her down, hurt her on the ground, I see like an armbar or a choke for sure.”
Make no mistake about it, they might carry themselves differently outside of the cage and on social media, but Hannah Guy is not looking past Valerie Loureda, and as Bellator offers her the biggest fight of her young career, she’s looking to win the fight, steal the spotlight, and watch her career go to the next level.
Bellator 259 takes place on Friday, May 21, from Mohegan Sun Arena, with the prelims streaming on YouTube, and the main card airing on SHOWTIME.
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