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Bellator’s Female Fighters Make Weight for Friday

Coenen and Blencowe
Coenen and Blencowe

(All photos courtesy Bellator MMA)

Three female bouts are set for Bellator Friday night that will stream on Spike.com.

Former Srikeforce champ and InvictaFC vet Marloes Coenen (145.6) returns to action as she takes on Australian Arlene Blencowe (145.8). Coenen (22-6) has won 5 of her last seven fights, including a thrid round submission in her Bellator debut. Blencowe (6-4) has won four straight including a win over InvictaFC’s Faith Van Duin. She is also a world boxing champion.

Jenkins and Lissett
Jenkins and Lissette

Also at featherweight, Adrienna Jenkins (144.4) takes on Lissette Neri. Jenkins (18-6) recently came back after a five year absence from the sport. She is looking to come back after a loss to Blencowe.

Neri (6-2) is coming off a 38 second TKO win earlier this year. She was on a six fight win streak before losing back to back fights to Jessica Miele.

MacFarlane and Rios
MacFarlane and Rios

In the lone female flyweight bout, Arizona’s Maria Rios (125.4) takes on San Diego Combat Academy’s Ilima-Lei Macfarlane (125.2). Rios (2-2) won her first 2 pro fights and is looking rebound. Macfarlane is coming off a 10 second KO in her pro debut.

All the bouts will stream on Spike.com starting at 4:45 pst/7:45 est.

Iliama-Lei MacFarlane vs Maria Rios Rounds out Belllator 141


A third female bout has been added to Bellator’s 141st card August 28 in Temecula, California.

Knockout specialist Ilima-Lei Macfarlane will take on RFA vet Maria Rios in a flyweight battle. The match was announced Monday.

MacFarland (1-0) is coming off a KO win over Katie Castro in her pro debut. She went undefeated as an amateur and is teammates with the UFC’s Liz Carmouche and Invicta’s Christine Stanley at the San Diego Combat Academy.

Rios (2-2) is going back up to 125 after back to back losses at strawweight. She won her first two fights including a win over Ashley Yoder at RFA.

This is the second flyweight match under the Scott Coker era in Bellator, with flyweight Keri Ann Meledez signed to the promotion as well.

The match joins Marloes Coenen versus Arlene Blencowe and Adrienna Jenkins versus Lissette Neri on the card. The three matches will be a part of the preliminary card and will stream on Spike.com August 28.

Bellator Signs Lissette Neri; Faces AJ Jenkins in Promotional Debut

aj jenkins

California featherweight prospect Lissette Neri is the latest to be added to Bellator’s women’s roster. She will face Adrienna Jenkins at the promotion’s event in Temecula, California August 28th. Both fighters confirmed the match Sunday. The match joins the previously announced match between Marloes Coenen and Arlene Blencowe.

Neri (6-2) started her career in 2013 and went on a 5-0 run before back to back losses to Jessica Miele. She would defeat Evalina Smith earlier this month to get back on the winning track.

Welcoming her to the Bellator cage is Jenkins (18-6), who is coming off a loss to Blencowe. Jenkins won he return to the cage after a five year absence earlier this year with a TKO over Kelsey Jorgenson.

The match will stream on the Spike.com prelim card.

Arlene Blencowe Signs to Bellator


Former WIBA welterweight boxing champ Arlene Blencowe (5-4 MMA) has announced Sunday night she is the newest edition to Bellator’s featherweight division.

The Australian standout has won three straight in MMA including a KO victory over InvictaFC fighter Faith van Duin. Blencowe will face Erin McGowan for the vacant WIBA lightweight boxing title November 21. She made her U.S. boxing debut in a split decision loss to Tori Nelson in September.

Her Bellator debut will happen early next year.