Valerie Letourneau has spoken out for the first time about her TKO loss to Joanne Calderwood at UFC Fight Night 89 last weekend, and confirmed that she did experience a wardrobe malfunction during the bout after being kicked in the chest.
At the time there was some confusion as to whether Letourneau had simply being reacting in pain to the front kick she’d received, but the Canadian fighter has been eager to shut down that
“I want to clarify something, my daughter told me what the commentators were saying during the fight, and I felt insulted,” Letourneau wrote on Facebook.
“I have been practicing martial arts for 17 years, so I have no problem taking hits to the chest. It is the rule, and it isn’t worse than a low kick! My only problem during the fight is that my bra litterally slipped under my breasts. This is why I stared, embarrassed, at the referee, and I have no idea what Jojo told me, but I had to keep fighting. It seems that I was being mocked because I seemed to be complaining of blows to the breast. I think that I have nothing to prove regarding the numbers of hits I can take without complaining.
Guys, would you be able to keep fighting without being distracted if one of your nuts was slipping out of your shorts?
Anyway, it does not excuse my defeat, but I wanted to clarify this part of the fight!”
While the chest kick certainly proved to be something of a distraction for Letourneau, she had been dropped with a spinning elbow earlier in the fight, and was eventually stopped after turning her back in pain to a kick to the midsection, which led to Calderwood again putting her down with a spinning attack.