A couple of weeks ago it was announced that former Bellator MMA fighter Valerie Loureda had signed with WWE, and WWE star Riddle believes she will have a big future in the company.
Speaking during a ProSieben MAXX Instagram live stream, Riddle heaped praise on the “extremely talented” Loureda.
“Well there’s a couple things that help drastically [transitioning from MMA to pro wrestling]. One, were you good? Two, do you like or love professional wrestling? Is it something you actually wanna do or are you just trying to take advantage of the system, you know? And make money off something you think might be easier than fighting, because people do it and they fail. It happens all the time and number three, most importantly, you gotta be charismatic. Now, she is extremely beautiful, she’s extremely talented in the cage.
“I think she kind of checks majority of the boxes, but until you get in front of a crowd and in front of a camera and on a mic, it’s different. It’s something you gotta get your reps in and do and it takes time. Nobody’s a natural right off the bat. But, I think she’s got a promising future. She looks amazing, she can work, she can move. I don’t know how she can wrestle, but she can definitely punch and kick and submit so, we’ll see, and only time will tell.”
Loureda has a 4-1 win/loss record in pro MMA fights, so she’s clearly a very gifted fighter. It will be exciting to see whether she can transition from the octagon to the ring in the same way other MMA fighters, like Ronda Rousey and Shayna Baszler, have done in recent years.
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