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Bellator 222 results: Valerie Loureda picks apart durable Larkyn Dasch

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NEW YORK – Larkyn Dasch might’ve been touted as the “Hooters girl” in the lead-up to Bellator 222, but she showed much more than that with a display of toughness and tenacity in a lopsided loss to Valerie Loureda.

Loureda (2-0 MMA, 2-0 BMMA), the taekwondo stylist, used her wide-ranging striking arsenal to pick apart Dasch (0-2 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) over the course of three rounds to win a unanimous decision.

The women’s flyweight fight was part of the preliminary card of Friday night’s Bellator 222 event at Madison Square Garden.

Dasch came out aggressively, trying to close the distance on Loureda, who appeared happy to counter strike. She caught Dasch with a clean shot that earned some respect before the fighters settled into something of a groove. Loureda focused mainly on throwing hands as Dasch winged wild shots out of desperation. Loureda stung Dasch with a hard body kick that forced a brief grappling exchange, but it didn’t stay on the mat for long. Loureda appeared to hurt Dasch in the final 15 seconds of the round, but Loureda hung tough and attempted to fire back before the bell.

These ladies are going at it in round one! 👊💥#Bellator222 pic.twitter.com/do5SqaDNvj

— Bellator MMA (@BellatorMMA) June 15, 2019

It was more of the same in the second. Loureda was clearly confident in her distance and used movement to pick apart Dasch with punches and body kicks. Dasch attempted to pressure her opponent, but the output dropped significantly, giving her opponent more confidence. Loureda smashed Dasch with more body kicks, but she somehow absorbed them all. Loureda landed a clean head kick toward the end of the round, but Dasch ate that, as well, just before the conclusion of the round.

Clearly ahead going into the final frame, Loureda spent the first several minutes of the round more than content to circle around the cage. She mixed in the occasional potshot on her opponent, but Dasch did essentially nothing to alter the course of the action. Loureda pressured in the final seconds of the frame and even caught Loureda with a grazing shot that caused her to stumble to her backside, but it wasn’t enough to steal the win.

One judge gave Dasch the final round, but in the end it was unanimous scorecards for Loureda at 29-28, 30-27 and 30-27.

Up-to-the-minute Bellator 222 results include:

  • Valerie Loureda def. Larkyn Dasch via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Lindsey VanZandt def. Rena Kubota via technical submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 4:04
  • Haim Gozali def. Gustavo Wurlitzer via submission (triangle choke) – Round 1, 4:02
  • Mike Kimbel def. Sebastian Ruiz via split decision (28-29, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Robson Gracie Jr. def. Oscar Vera via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 3:15
  • Marcus Surin def. Nekruz Mirkhojaev via split decision (30-27, 27-29, 29-27)
  • Phil Hawes def. Michael Wilcox via TKO (doctor stoppage) – Round 1, 5:00

For complete coverage of Bellator 222, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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