Bellator officials announced that Vaerlie Letourneau is off Friday’s Bellator 181 card due to injury. Instead, Jessica Middleton will now face Emily Ducote in a main card women’s flyweight matchup at the event, which will take place at WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma.
Middleton (2-1) has fought all of her professional bouts under the Bellator banner, including a submisison loss to Ilima-Lei Macfarlane in her last fight at Bellator 178 in April. The 29-year-old will be competing for the third time this year.
Ducote (5-2) is coming off a submission win over Katy Collins at Bellator 174 in March. The 23-year-old is 3-1 under the Bellator banner, also suffering a loss to Macfarlane late last year.
In other news on the card, Brittney Elkin (3-3) will also be making her promotional debut, replacing Alexis Dufresne (who pulled out due to undisclosed reasons) against Amanda Bell (4-4) in a women’s featherweight bout. Another women’s flyweight matchup pitting Katy Collins (6-2) against Bruna Vergas (2-1) was also added this week.
Here’s an updated look at the card…
Derek Campos vs. Brandon Girtz
Kendall Grove vs. John Salter
Emily Ducote vs. Jessica Middleton
Steve Garcia vs. Joe Warren
Romero Cotton vs. Aaron Rodriguez
Rafael Lovato vs. Mike Rhodes
Justin Lawrence vs. Treston Thomison
Valentin Moldavsky vs. Carl Seumanutafa
Jordan Howard vs. Johnny Marigo
Andre Fialho vs. A.J. Matthews
Amanda Bell vs. Brittney Elkin
Kemmyelle Haley vs. Logan Storley
William Florentino vs. Jonathan Gary
E.J. Brooks vs. Guilherme Vasconcelos
Katy Collins vs. Bruna Vargas
Guillermo Gonzalez vs. Fernando Trevino