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It was hero’s welcome as Bellator Champion Ilima-Lei Macfarlane went down the escalator at the Pechenga Casino and Resort this past Friday in front of her crowd of family, friends, and fans.
The champ estimated a good sixth of the crowd was there to cheer her on in the first defense of her recently won title. Many women were wearing her signatire flower in their ears to show support. The live fans were not alone in their support, as Bellator announced nearly 800,000 people watched the fight from the comfort of their own homes. Continue reading Bellator’s Flyweight Division Shines as Ilima-Lei Macfarlane Becomes Breakout Star
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Friday night at the Pechenga Casino in Temecula, California Bellator will have its 201st offering that will air on the Paramount Network and the Bellator App.
The main event features Ilima-Lei Macfarlane defending her title for the first time against Colombian Alejandra Lara. Both made weight for the title fight with Macfarlane tipping the scales at an even 125 and Lara at 124.6.
The second bout of the main card could see the next title challenger as Valerie Letourneau (126) faces Kristina Williams (125.4).
The only preliminary female bout sees the return of Keri-Anne Melendez (116) face Hawaii’s Tiani Valle (114.5) in a strawweight tilt. This will stream on the Bellator App.
There was to be another preliminary fight between the undefeated Kristi Lopez and Paola Ramirez, but Ramirez came in at 9.67 pounds over the flyweight limit, and the match was scrapped. Lopez weighed in officially at 125.5 pounds. She will most likely keep her fight purse.
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It has pretty much came full circle for champion Ilima-Lei Macfarlane as she has come back to the place she started her Bellator career.
The undefeated flyweight will defend her title against Colombia’s Alejandra Lara Friday night at Pechenga Casino in Temecula, California. The champ is expect a huge crowd of supporters, as she is within striking distance of her home gym in San Diego. Continue reading Video – Ilima-Lei Macfarlane Defends on Home Turf; Talks Female Fighter of the Year Nomination
It seemed inevitable that new Bellator star Valerie Letourneau would be fighting the champion next, but that wasn’t the case.
Instead of facing Ilima-Lei MacFarlane, Letourneau is now facing young newcomer and upset queen Kristina Williams at Bellator 201 Friday night in Temecula, California. Continue reading Video – Valerie Letourneau Disappointed in Not Getting Title Shot; Wants Bellator Canadian Return
With a win Friday night, Alejandra Lara could have the distinction of being the first person in Colombia to be a world champion in MMA.
Lara will be in her first main event at Bellator 201 in Temecula, California against champion Ilima-Lei MacFarlane, and has been preparing with Mexico’s Team Grasso.
Lara talked to the media Thursday about her camp, representing Colombia, and her talents as an aerial and pole dancing.
It has been a year since Keri Melendez fought, but she is ready to get back into action. as she faces Hawaiian Tani Valle at Bellator 201 in Temecula, California Friday night.
Having fought both in the Bellator cage and the Bellator ring, the striker is looking to take more opportunities in MMA and hopes Bellator brings in a strawweight division soon. Continue reading Video – Keri Melendez on Balancing Family & Training
Kristina Williams has had some tough challenges, and conquered most.
The Bellator star will look for what will be her biggest challenge to date in veteran Valerie Letourneau at Bellator 201 on Friday night in Temecula. The fight will serve as the featured contest on the main card. Continue reading Video – Kristina Williams Talks Meteoric Rise; Role as Underdog
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It took a year for Valerie Letourneau to return to the cage and it wasn’t easy.
The star told us during an interview this past week the airline lost her luggage in her debut for Bellator in Newcastle, England. She took things in stride an was able to get an unanimous decision win over hometown favorite Kate Jackson. She was relieved to have not had much cage rust at all. Having to cut to 125 rather than 115 was also a relief, as she feels stronger and more healthy. Continue reading Valerie Letourneau: From Bellator Debut to Title Hunt
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It has been six months since Ilima-Lei MacFarlane won the inaugural Bellator flyweight champion. It will be another two until we see her back in action.
This past week, the promotion announced MacFarlane’s first title defense will be against Alejandra Lara in Temeucla, California June 29th. This will be sort of a homecoming for the champ, as she made her Bellator debut in the same venue a little less than three years ago. Continue reading Bellator Champion Ilima-Lei MacFarlane Talks Young Guns and Title Run
Kristina Williams made a huge mark in the MMA world this past October in her pro debut, upsetting boxing champion Heather Hardy by TKO.
With the win, she propelled herself quickly in the rankings, and now faces Emily Ducote at Bellator 195 this Friday live on the Paramount Network. Continue reading Oklahoma’s Kristina Williams Looking for Another Upset at Bellator
It was heartbreaking last year for Emily Duccote, who lost her Bellator title match with Ilima-Lei MacFarlane back in November.
She is, however, ready to get back in the cage March 2nd to take on fellow Oklahoman Kristina Williams in Thackerville.
We caught up with Ducote at her gym, American Top Team OKC, to talk about the match, her expectations for 2018, and what fighters she has been training with in this camp. Continue reading Video – Bellator’s Emily Ducote Talks Recovery from a Loss; Match with Williams
Ana Julaton is the latest flyweight to sign to Bellator.
Julaton is a former world champion in boxing, and has made the transition to MMA with her stint in One Championships. With a new focus, she is hoping to continue her success in Bellator, going back to her martial arts roots. Continue reading Video: Ana Julaton talks Signing to Bellator; State of Women’s Boxing