Hannah Man embraced being ‘ignored’ forward of win over Valerie Loureda at Bellator 259
Hannah Man entered her Bellator debut a 4-to-1 underdog and he or she modified into as quickly as larger than overjoyed to embody that function earlier than the most important make use of of her career.
Man took on Valerie Loureda throughout the well-known card opener of Bellator 259 remaining Friday at Mohegan Photo voltaic Area in Uncasville, Conn., and extinct her beneficiant grappling and jiu-jitsu skills to develop a unanimous choice victory.
“The Storm” improved to three-1 and handed Loureda—a rising big title throughout the promotion—her first educated loss throughout the course of. Whereas she is overjoyed to assemble a make use of on a considerable stage over an opponent with a recognizable title, Man admits it took a while for it to really feel true.
“It’s actually been loopy,” Man fast MMA Stopping whereas showing on What the Heck. “My Instagram blew up a full lot and I modified into as quickly as extra or a lot much less anticipating that make use of or lose, nevertheless it’s factual been flooded with so many messages—not factual from [Instagram], nevertheless all my household and mates. That they had been sending me their reactions all through the struggle, which modified into as quickly as actually specific to me attributable to totally different them weren’t in a house to be there and I in any acknowledge occasions convey a considerable crowd to my fights. I wasn’t in a house to, clearly, this time.
“Nevertheless it actually nonetheless hasn’t actually sunk in it feels indulge in attributable to I slept a wide range of the day Saturday and each time I awoke it modified into as quickly as indulge in, ‘Whoa, did that basically occur?’ It’s well-organized queer.”
Loureda entered the bout with a 3-0 professional epic, which included finishes of Colby Fletcher and Tara Graff. The 22-year-ragged modified into as quickly as ranked No. 8 throughout the Bellator women’s flyweight divisional rankings—the construct she nonetheless stays after they’d been up to date on Tuesday—and entered the struggle as a considerable fashionable.
Within the tip, Man modified into as quickly as overjoyed being the underdog attributable to it gave her household and mates an opportunity to be taught.
“I didn’t assume I might maybe maybe properly be that substantial of an underdog,” Man acknowledged. “I knew they’d been bringing me in attributable to they draw Valerie would beat me, indulge in I modified into as quickly as aesthetic sure, nevertheless we practiced all camp on attending to the hips, and whether or not I wanted to face or not, which I abhor that my inserting wasn’t showcased as properly to it truly is attributable to it’s gotten so significantly higher this camp. I’m not sure if it modified into as quickly because the substantial present lights nevertheless my inserting is system higher than I confirmed you guys, nevertheless my wrestling and jiu-jitsu had been there, fortuitously.
“However I modified into as quickly as aesthetic assured I might maybe maybe properly collect her to the underside. Your full people she’s fought haven’t been in a house to attach along with her hips and collect her to the underside, and per likelihood they draw I might maybe maybe properly be the an identical system. However there hasn’t been anyone I haven’t been in a house to acquire down even throughout the event that that they’d super wrestling safety. I preserve they overpassed me and that’s comely attributable to I received people some cash.”
Whereas Man modified into as quickly as dominant through nearly all of the struggle, she did overcome some early adversity. Within the first spherical, Man got here out as a result of the aggressor and paid for it as Loureda landed a thunderous left hook that despatched her opponent to the canvas. Man recovered, landed a takedown, and locked in a execrable armbar, which Loureda modified into as quickly as in a house to lastly tough through to assemble wait on to her toes.
When requested regarding the knockdown, Man admits she modified into as quickly as in a transient second of peril.
“I preserve it obtained me attributable to, actually, I don’t be unsleeping it making me fall to my butt,” Man defined. “So I preserve I modified into as quickly as out for a second, nevertheless I be unsleeping landing on my butt so I preserve that’s what made me come to, I guess. I modified into as quickly as comely once I hit my butt, nevertheless she obtained me for that one second, so I guess I modified into as quickly as in peril for a second.
“[It’s never happened] the construct I’ve actually been dropped, which is comely since I preserve I’ve fought system higher people than Valerie thus a great distance as power of their fingers and skill on the overall. I’ve fought her teammate Kayla [Hracho], actually super boxer. I fought Gina Gooden, who modified into as quickly as No. 1 throughout the Southeast, well-organized sturdy. I’ve considered white in fights many occasions nevertheless I guess that point it extra or a lot much less dropped me to my butt, nevertheless I preserve it might maybe properly’ve been the nerves beneath the substantial lights.”
On Sunday, Loureda printed on her Instagram that she suffered torn ligament injure in her factual arm, which is in a full stable attributable to the a number of submission makes an attempt from Man. Loureda’s power throughout her youthful career has confirmed throughout the standup, taking her lifelong Taekwondo background into the cage.
Loureda’s submission safety, and general toughness everywhere in the 15-minute battle will include to nonetheless not be overpassed, as Man modified into as quickly as very rather a lot very rather a lot shocked she modified into as quickly as in a house to journey a distinct of compromising positions.
“I do know at this stage or not it’s a should to be tough nevertheless I modified into as quickly as very rather a lot very rather a lot shocked she didn’t faucet to the armbar attributable to I had it a number of occasions and, as you might maybe maybe properly furthermore peek on social media, she’s casted up,” Man acknowledged. “She modified into as quickly as masses harder than I believed she might maybe maybe properly be. I anticipated toughness, I in any acknowledge occasions operate, nevertheless she modified into as quickly as positively harder than I believed she might maybe maybe properly be, for sure.”
Man is throughout the suggest time ranked No. 9 in Bellator’s 125-pound rankings, nevertheless as of now, she has not been signed by the promotion to any future dates.
As quickly because the bout ended, Man purchased totally different reward from people seeing her compete on a world scale for the primary time. The Mississippi native had not fought inaugurate air of her residence earlier than the substantial make use of on Friday night time time and impressed a slew of latest followers throughout the course of.
Because the response modified into as quickly as particular throughout the Man camp, it wasn’t the an identical on Loureda’s side as she modified into as quickly as showered with negativity on social media. Of route, Man modified into as quickly as overjoyed to creep away with a profession-boosting make use of, nevertheless not on the expense of seeing her opponent be chastised by followers.
“I suggest, I am able to’t be on her Instagram the overall time asserting, ‘Oh, she’s big,’ or no matter, nevertheless I positively assume that of us factual don’t understand the sport they usually’ve no factual—although she is a horrible fighter, which I don’t assume she is,” Man mentioned. “Even though she modified into as quickly as, she’s nonetheless entering into the cage and the overall people going out and talking sh*t on social media, nobody has a factual to affirm the leisure.
“I preserve it’s extra or a lot much less tousled that of us are sending all that abhor when factual the other day, people had been indulge in, ‘You’re gonna knock her out.’ Of us are factual so finicky and it’s ridiculous. However she’ll be comely. These followers don’t subject anyhow.”