Hannah Man entered her Bellator debut a 4-to-1 underdog and she became more than happy to comprise that position earlier than basically the critical buy of her profession.
Man took on Valerie Loureda in the principle card opener of Bellator 259 last Friday at Mohegan Sun Enviornment in Uncasville, Conn., and historical her superior grappling and jiu-jitsu abilities to make a unanimous resolution victory.
“The Typhoon” improved to 3-1 and handed Loureda—a rising valuable person in the promotion—her first genuine loss in the midst of. Whereas she is extremely happy to rep a buy on a huge stage over an opponent with a recognizable title, Man admits it took some time for it to feel right.
“It’s honestly been crazy,” Man told MMA Combating while performing on What the Heck. “My Instagram blew up hundreds and I became more or less searching at for that buy or lose, however it completely’s factual been flooded with so many messages—no longer factual from [Instagram], however all my friends and family. They had been sending me their reactions in the future of the fight, which became for sure particular to me because a quantity of them weren’t in a collection to be there and I persistently lift a huge crowd to my fights. I wasn’t in a collection to, clearly, this time.
“Nevertheless it restful hasn’t for sure sunk in it feels handle because I slept lots of the day Saturday and whenever I woke up it became handle, ‘Whoa, did that in actuality happen?’ It’s colossal uncommon.”
Loureda entered the bout with a 3-0 genuine file, which integrated finishes of Colby Fletcher and Tara Graff. The 22-yr-primitive became ranked No. 8 in the Bellator girls folks’s flyweight divisional rankings—where she restful stays after they had been up up to now on Tuesday—and entered the fight as a huge authorized.
Within the end, Man became happy being the underdog because it gave her friends and family an opportunity to cash in.
“I didn’t assume I’d be that giant of an underdog,” Man said. “I knew they had been bringing me in because they opinion Valerie would beat me, handle I became slightly particular, however we practiced all camp on getting to the hips, and whether or no longer I needed to face or no longer, which I abhor that my placing wasn’t showcased besides to it for sure is because it’s gotten so considerably better this camp. I’m no longer particular if it became the extensive expose lights however my placing is methodology better than I showed you guys, however my wrestling and jiu-jitsu had been there, fortunately.
“Nonetheless I became slightly assured I would possibly maybe well furthermore rep her to the bottom. The overall assorted folks she’s fought haven’t been in a collection to join to her hips and rep her to the bottom, and maybe they opinion I’d be the the same methodology. Nonetheless there hasn’t been any individual I haven’t been in a collection to buy down even in the occasion that they’d correct wrestling protection. I feel they overpassed me and that’s superb because I received folks some money.”
Whereas Man became dominant thru the bulk of the fight, she did overcome some early adversity. Within the predominant round, Man came out as 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 substandard armbar, which Loureda became in a collection to sooner or later tricky thru to rep aid to her toes.
When requested about the knockdown, Man admits she became in a transient second of tension.
“I feel it received me because, honestly, I don’t build in mind it making me fall to my butt,” Man explained. “So I feel I became out for a second, however I build in mind touchdown on my butt so I feel that’s what made me advance to, I wager. I became superb after I hit my butt, however she received me for that one second, so I wager I became in anxiousness for a second.
“[It’s never happened] where I’ve genuinely been dropped, which is beautiful since I grasp I’ve fought methodology better folks than Valerie as a ways as energy of their fingers and skill in typical. I’ve fought her teammate Kayla [Hracho], for sure correct boxer. I fought Gina Gooden, who became No. 1 in the Southeast, colossal solid. I’ve considered white in fights all all over again and all all over again however I wager that time it more or less dropped me to my butt, however I feel it’s going to furthermore’ve been the nerves below the extensive lights.”
On Sunday, Loureda published on her Instagram that she suffered torn ligament smash in her impartial arm, which is in a paunchy solid as a result of the multiple submission attempts from Man. Loureda’s energy all the diagram in which thru her young profession has shown in the standup, taking her lifelong Taekwondo background into the cage.
Loureda’s submission protection, and overall toughness all the diagram in which thru the 15-minute battle would possibly maybe well furthermore restful no longer be overpassed, as Man became surprised she became in a collection to flee a replace of compromising positions.
“I do know at this stage or no longer it’s a ways a must must be tricky however I became surprised she didn’t faucet to the armbar because I had it multiple cases and, as you would possibly maybe well be in a collection to interrogate on social media, she’s casted up,” Man said. “She became loads harder than I believed she would be. I anticipated toughness, I persistently impress, however she became positively harder than I believed she would be, for particular.”
Man is currently ranked No. 9 in Bellator’s 125-pound rankings, however as of now, she has no longer been signed by the promotion to any future dates.
As soon as the bout ended, Man received a quantity of praise from folks seeing her compete on a global scale for the predominant time. The Mississippi native had no longer fought out of doorways of her quandary earlier than the extensive buy on Friday evening and impressed a slew of new followers in the midst of.
As the response became sure in the Man camp, it wasn’t the the same on Loureda’s aspect as she became showered with negativity on social media. Obviously, Man became extremely happy to stroll away with a profession-boosting buy, however no longer at the expense of seeing her opponent be chastised by followers.
“I imply, I’m in a position to’t be on her Instagram your entire time asserting, ‘Oh, she’s colossal,’ or no topic, however I positively assume that folks factual don’t understand the sport and so that they build no longer fill any impartial—even though she is a awful fighter, which I don’t assume she is,” Man said. “Even supposing she became, she’s restful entering the cage and your entire folks going out and talking sh*t on social media, no one has a excellent to advise one thing else.
“I feel it’s more or less messed up that folks are sending all that abhor when factual the loads of day, folks had been handle, ‘You’re gonna knock her out.’ Other folks are factual so finicky and it’s ridiculous. Nonetheless she’ll be superb. These followers don’t topic at the least.”