Hannah Guy started her Bellator debut as a 4-1 loser and she was more than happy to embrace the role ahead of the biggest win of her career.
Guy faced Valerie Loureda in the Bellator 259 main card opener last Friday at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., And used his superior grappling and jiu-jitsu skills to secure a decision victory unanimous.
“The Hurricane” improved to 3-1 and handed Loureda – a rising star in the promotion – his first professional loss in the process. While she’s thrilled to clinch a big-stage victory over an opponent with a recognizable name, Guy admits it took a while for it to feel real.
âIt’s really crazy,â Guy told MMA Fighting while appearing on What the hell. âMy Instagram exploded a lot and I kind of expected to win or lose, but it was inundated with so many posts, not just [Instagram], but all of my friends and family. They would send me their reactions during the fight which was really special for me as a lot of them couldn’t be there and I always bring a big crowd to my fights. I couldn’t, of course, this time.
“But it still hasn’t really leaked out, it’s like because I slept most of the day on Saturday and every time I woke up it was like, ‘Whoa, is that ‘really happened?’ It’s super weird.
Loureda entered the fight with a professional 3-0 record, which included finishes from Colby Fletcher and Tara Graff. The 22-year-old was ranked No.8 on the Bellator divisional women’s flyweight rankings – where she still remains after being updated on Tuesday – and entered the fight as a top favorite.
In the end, Guy was happy to be the underdog because it gave his friends and family a chance to make some money.
âI didn’t think I would be such a big underdog,â Guy said. “I knew they were taking me because they thought Valerie would beat me, as I was pretty sure, but we all practiced to get to the hips, and whether I wanted to stand up or not , what I hate that my shot isn’t showcased as well as it really is because this camp has improved so much. Not sure if that was the big lights of the show, but my hitting is way better than what I showed you, but my wrestling and jiu-jitsu were there, thankfully.
âBut I was pretty confident that I could take her to the ground. All the other people she’s fought weren’t able to connect to her hips and get her to the ground, and maybe they thought I’d be the same. But there was no one I couldn’t beat even though they had good defense in wrestling. I think they neglected me and that’s good because I made people money.
Although Guy dominated the majority of the fight, she overcame some early adversity. In the first round Guy introduced himself as the aggressor and paid for it as Loureda landed a thunderous left hook that sent his opponent to the canvas. Guy recovered, managed a teardown and locked himself in a nasty armband, which Loureda eventually managed to get over to get back on her feet.
When asked about the rollover, Guy admits she was in a brief moment of difficulty.
âI think it got me because, honestly, I don’t remember it knocking my butt off,â Guy explained. âSo I think I was away for a second, but I remember landing on my butt so I think that’s what drove me to this, I guess. I was fine once I hit my ass, but she grabbed me for a second, so I guess I was in trouble for a second.
“[Itâs never happened] where I was abandoned, which is surprising as I feel like I fought people much better than Valerie when it comes to the power in their hands and skills in general. I fought her teammate Kayla [Hracho], really good boxer. I fought Gina Gooden, who was # 1 in the South East, super strong. I’ve seen white in fights a few times, but I guess this time around it let me down a bit, but I think maybe it was the nerves under the big lights.
Loureda revealed on her Instagram on Sunday that she suffered torn ligament injuries in her right arm, which is in a full cast due to Guy’s multiple submission attempts. Loureda’s strength throughout her young career was manifested in the stand-up, taking her lifelong taekwondo experience to the cage.
Loureda’s submissive defense and overall toughness throughout the 15-minute battle shouldn’t be overlooked as Guy was surprised he could escape a number of compromising positions.
“I know that at this level you have to be tough, but I was surprised that she did not hit the armband because I have had it several times and, as you can see on the networks social, it is rejected, âGuy said. âShe was a lot harder than I thought. I expected harshness, I always do, but it was definitely harder than I thought, for sure.
Guy is currently ranked No.9 on Bellator’s 125-pound chart, but as of yet, she has not been signed by the promotion at any future date.
After the fight was over, Guy received a lot of praise from people who saw her compete globally for the first time. The Mississippi native hadn’t fought outside of her home region before Friday night’s big win and impressed many new fans in the process.
As the reaction was positive in Guy’s camp, it was not the same on Loureda’s side as she was inundated with negativity on social media. Of course, Guy was thrilled to come away with a career boosting victory, but not at the expense of seeing his opponent get chastised by the fans.
âI mean, I can’t be on her Instagram all the time saying, ‘Oh, she’s awesome’, or whatever, but I really think people just don’t understand sports and they don’t. not entitled – although she is a terrible fighter, which I don’t think she is, âGuy said. âEven though she was, she’s still in the cage and all the people that go out and talk shit on social media, nobody has the right to say anything.
âI think it’s kinda messed up that people are sending out all this hate when the other day people were like, ‘You’re going to knock him out.’ People are so temperamental and it’s ridiculous. But she will be fine. These fans don’t really matter anyway.