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InvictaFC 34 Preview Show Plus Weigh In Results

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A busy fight weekend starts with InvictaFC Friday night on UFC Fight Pass.

The main event will fill the vacant flyweight title as Pearl Gonzalez (9-3) faces perennial contender Vanessa Porto (20-8).

The co-main and featured bouts are tournament semi-finals to find a contender for the main event winner. Milana Dudieva (12-7) and Karina Rodriguez (6-3) will take the co-main spot with DeAnna Bennett (9-4-1) vs. Miranda Maverick (4-1) as the featured fight. Continue reading InvictaFC 34 Preview Show Plus Weigh In Results

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Valerie Loureda Ready to Show a New Side of Taekwondo

Taekwondo is not about points in MMA.

That is what Valerie Loureda is hoping to prove when she makes her Bellator debut this Saturday in Connecticut, which will air on Paramount Network and stream on DAZN. She will face Colby Fletcher in her professional debut. Continue reading Valerie Loureda Ready to Show a New Side of Taekwondo

Juliana Velasquez Feels “Strong” About Title Chances; Defeating Lara

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It maybe the holiday season, but Juliana Velasquez isn’t focused on anything but the fight.

The undefeated Brazilian has taken the long trip to Hawaii to face former title challenger Alejandra Lara Friday night at Bellator 212 “Salute the Troops” event which will stream on DAZN. Both made weight for their bout.

We talked to Velasquez through a translator about her fight and the flyweight division.

In her match with Lara, Velasquez hopes to show how much the women’s divisions in Brazil has grown. Velasquez expressed she will have a strength advantage against Lara due to her training with men. 

A win over the former title challenger will most likely gain her the winner of Saturday’s match between Ilima-Lei Macfarlane and Valerie Letourneau. Velasquez tells us she is predicting the champ will retain her title.

Where does she think she stands in Bellator? Velasquez stated she feels she has a lot of experience in terms of training as a child in martial arts, which plays a part in her being one of the top fighters in the division.

When asked about what she will be doing after the fight to celebrate, she says she will concentrate on that after she gets the win.

 

Janay Harding talks Striking Cross-training and Growth as a Fighter

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The Bellator featherweight division is still developing, and needs new title contenders.

Australia’s Janay Harding  is looking to get over .500 and get back on the winning track when she faces Irish striker Sinead Kavanagh Friday night in Uncasville, Connecticut. The match will stream on Bellator.com. Continue reading Janay Harding talks Striking Cross-training and Growth as a Fighter

Bellator’s Flyweight Division Shines as Ilima-Lei Macfarlane Becomes Breakout Star

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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

Bellator Weigh-In Results: Title Match Official; One Fight Canceled

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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.

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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.

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The second bout of the main card could see the next title challenger as Valerie Letourneau (126)  faces Kristina Williams (125.4).

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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.

Video – Ilima-Lei Macfarlane Defends on Home Turf; Talks Female Fighter of the Year Nomination

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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

Video – Valerie Letourneau Disappointed in Not Getting Title Shot; Wants Bellator Canadian Return

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

Video – Colombia’s Alejandra Lara Talks MMA Growth in Latina America; Dancing in Mid Air

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.

Video – Keri Melendez on Balancing Family & Training

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

Video – Kristina Williams Talks Meteoric Rise; Role as Underdog

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

Valerie Letourneau: From Bellator Debut to Title Hunt

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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