Valerie Loureda, now known as Lola Vice, pulled off some big moves before losing her WWE NXT debut.
The former Bellator flyweight head-kicked opponent Dani Palmer with a spinning roundhouse before getting pinned, a sign she’s paying her dues seven months after leaving MMA to sign with WWE.
Loureda has previously wrestled at NXT events but Friday was her big moment. The talent-development league liked her over-the-top personality.
Loureda was a candidate for WWE in April. She posted a video of an untelevised match this post November.
As an MMA fighter, Loureda went 4-1 in the cage. To rebound after her first loss, a split-decision defeat to Hannah Guy at Bellator 259., Loureda defeated Taylor Turner in her last MMA fight.
Loureda explained her decision to join WWE and thanked Bellator. She also said that pro-wrestling had been a dream of hers for a while.
“Scott Coker, Mike Kogan and Rich Chou believed in me as a child 19,” Loureda stated about the Bellator executives. My first professional fight took place at the Mohegan Sun, opening a main-card. I was able to open a maincard. They gave me an opportunity to brand myself and build this platform and just be me. Now, I’m making this transition, and my mind has shifted, but I know what I’m going to do in the WWE. … “I love fighting, but this is my time.”