• Valerie Loureda is an MMA fighter and wrestler who rose to prominence on the show “Ninja Bitch Killer” in 2015 and is now the face of WWE's “Smackdown!”
• She was raised by her parents in Miami, Florida, and is of Cuban descent
• She has competed in “Bellator MMA” and has a 4-1 MMA record
• She signed with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) in June 2022 and debuted in January 2023 under the ring name ‘Lola Vice’
• She is in a long-term relationship with NFL player, Donovan Peoples-Jones and has a net worth of over $800,000
Who is Valerie Loureda?
A mixed martial artist (MMA) fighter, and wrestler, Valerie Loureda is also known as ‘Master’, and rose to prominence fighting on the show “Ninja Bitch Killer” in 2015, while today she’s the new face of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) show “Smackdown!”.
If you are one of those who would like to know more, let us tell you the naked truth about this young, bold girl.
Early life, family, and education
Born in Miami, Florida USA, under the zodiac sign of Cancer on 19 July 1998, Valerie holds American nationality, and comes from a family of Cuban descent – people assumed that Valerie is Puerto Rican or Mexican since she loves to say that she’s a ‘proud Latina’.
She was raised by her parents, about whom nothing is known, except that her mother is a leukemia survivor. She has a sister, Natalie, who as she’s stated is Valerie’s biggest support.On 23 November 2020, Valerie posted on her Instagram a photo featuring herself and her sister Natalie, wishing her a happy birthday, and thanking Natalie for believing in her dreams, and for being her training partner while she practiced Taekwondo. According to Valerie’s post, the sisters have been through so much together.
Speaking of Valerie’s educational background, she attended a local high school, and upon matriculating in 2016, she didn’t go to college but pursued her career as an MMA fighter. She’d begun practicing Taekwondo aged two, and was a National Taekwondo Junior Team member, but dreamed of a WWE career.
Career beginnings, MMA record
Besides Taekwondo, Valerie practiced karate, and as mentioned, made her first appearance in the 2015 series “Ninja Bitch Killer” opposite Oscar A. Diaz and Maura Renteria. From 2019 through 2021, Valerie participated in the sports show “Bellator MMA”. Amassing a 4-1 MMA record, she also became an international Taekwondo black belt (4th Dan) champion, the US National Taekwondo Champion, Pan-American Taekwondo Champion, US Open Taekwondo Medalist, and Haitian Open Taekwondo Champion.
Valerie Loureda hit the buzzer-beater KO, then the celebration began 💥💃(via Bellator MMA)
Posted by ESPN MMA on Friday, August 7, 2020
Valerie’s fight team was American Top Team called Coconut Creek, and the head trainers were King Mo, Jesus Gallo, Steve Bruno, and Mike Brown. Valerie credited “Bellator” for giving her the opportunity to make a name for herself.
Her first fight was held on 16 February 2019, and Valerie won against Colby Fletcher. Next, Valerie was seen on 14 June 2019 when she defeated Larkyn Dasch. On 7 August 2020, Valerie won by technical knockout against Tara Graft.
Her first loss was by decision in the fight against Hannah Guy, held on 21 May 2021.
On 12 November 2021, Valerie won by a decision in the third round against Taylor Turner.
World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE)
In June 2022, Valerie announced that she was leaving MMA, and taking her talents to WWE. She signed on the NXT (next generation of up-and-coming superstars) brand, and her ring name is ‘Lola Vice’. According to Scott Coker, a representative of “Bellator”, Valerie stays an active and under-contract fighter with “Bellator”, however, they wish her the best of luck in pursuing her dream of becoming a WWE star.
Valerie debuted in January 2023, and her opponent was Dani Palmer. The audience enjoyed Valerie’s (or Lola Vice’s) axe and spinning kicks. She’s made a big impact during her time as an MMA fighter, and is proud to be the first-ever Cuban-American woman to sign for WWE.
During the NXT show, Valerie teamed with Bronco Nima and Xyon Quin against Thea Hail, Andre Chase, and Duke Hudson, and although her team lost, Valerie pulled off some big moves, and as she said, she was happy with her first appearance in the ring. Her fans liked her WWE nickname and also her costume, so now she just needs to put the finishing touches on her WWE character.
Valerie’s or Lola Vice’s fans can keep track of her life and her career through her Instagram account, which has been followed by nearly 950,000 people. She posted nearly 600 photos and videos mostly featuring her fights but also her workouts, and everyday life.
Valerie has a Twitter account, established in August 2013, which has gained over 230,000 followers, and Valerie tweeted over 10,000 times. She is active on TikTok too, and her profile has been followed by over 250,000 people, while all of her videos combined have amassed more than 2.5 million likes.
Love life and boyfriend
Like many celebrities, Valerie has been the subject of gossip about her love life and sexual orientation. Mostly because she is an MMA fighter people, thought that she’s lesbian, however, Valerie showed her gentle side. On her Instagram, there are dozens of photos featuring her and her boyfriend – Valerie often shares with her followers how much she loves him.
— Valerie Loureda (@lolavicewwe) October 19, 2020
She is in a long-term relationship with Donovan Peoples-Jones – who’s also known as ‘DPJ’ – a football wide receiver for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League (NFL) selected in the 2020 NFL Draft. Born under the zodiac sign of Pisces on 19 February 1999, he’s today aged 24. Donovan hails from Detroit, Michigan USA, holds American nationality, and his ethnicity is African-American.
They made their relationship Instagram official in June 2021, and Donovan is very supportive when it comes to Valerie’s career. When she won her most recent match on “Bellator”, Donovan celebrated her win by dancing and twerking, which many found amusing.
Age, height, and net worth
Valerie is 24 years old, and her trademark is her long, brown curly hair which she dyed blonde. The color of her eyes is hazel. If you have wondered how tall Valerie is, she stands at a height of 5ft 6ins (1.68m) and weighs around 125lbs (57kgs), with vital statistics of 36-25-36.
As an MMA fighter, Valerie has earned a significant amount of money, but to date there’s no information about her salary at WWE, however, according to sources, as of early 2023, she has a net worth estimated at over $800,000.