Ilima-Lei Macfarlane

MMA Junkie’s ‘Fight of the Month’ for December: An epic title-fight draw

With another action-packed month of MMA in the books, MMA Junkie looks at the best fights from December 2020: Here are the five nominees, listed in chronological order, and winner of MMA Junkie’s “Fight of the Month” award for December. At the bottom of the post, let us know...

Bellator 254 post-event facts: Juliana Velasquez prevents championship history

The final Bellator event of 2020 went down on Thursday with Bellator 254, which took place at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., and aired on CBS Sports Network following prelims on MMA Junkie. Juliana Velasquez (11-0 MMA, 6-0 BMMA) forced a changing of the guard in the promotion’s...

Ilima-Lei Macfarlane enters Bellator 254 ‘all business’ for Juliana Velasquez title fight

UNCASVILLE, Conn. – Like the past two Decembers on the Bellator event calendar, the final month of 2020 is Ilima-Lei Macfarlane fight month. Unlike past year-end cards, however, Thursday’s Bellator 254 won’t be in Macfarlane’s native state of Hawaii. The COVID-19 pandemic has restricted Bellator’s options, and its home...

Bellator 254: Make your predictions for Ilima-Lei Macfarlane vs. Juliana Velasquez

We want your predictions for Thursday’s Bellator 254 event in Connecticut. Our staff picks feature includes the consensus picks from MMA Junkie readers. Simply cast your vote for each bout below, and we’ll use the official tallies that are registered by Wednesday at noon ET (9 a.m. PT). Those...

Ilima-Lei Macfarlane: Paige VanZant wouldn’t deserve immediate title shot in Bellator

Undefeated Bellator flyweight champion Ilima Lei-Macfarlane doesn’t exactly have a long list of real title challengers in front of her. She’s already successfully defended her crown four times, and the worldwide coronavirus pandemic ground the fight game to a halt for months, which prevented new contenders from building momentum....

Bellator 236 video highlights

The second half of Bellator’s Hawaii doubleheader took place Saturday with Bellator 236, which went down at Neal S. Blaisdell Center in Honolulu, with a main card that streamed on DAZN following prelims on MMA Junkie. Hometown hero and women’s flyweight champion Ilima-Lei Macfarlane had another magical moment in...

Bellator 236 pre-event facts: A.J. McKee out to continue record winning streak

The second half of Bellator’s Hawaii doubleheader takes place Saturday with Bellator 236, which goes down at Neal S. Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu and streams on DAZN following prelims on MMA Junkie. A flyweight championship fight headlines the card. Hawaii’s own Ilima-Lei Macfarlane (10-0 MMA, 9-0 BMMA) looks to...

Ilima-Lei Macfarlane hopes Bellator signs Liz Carmouche: ‘I want to lose the belt to her’

Ilima-Lei Macfarlane wants good friend and training partner Liz Carmouche to sign with Bellator, and she’s more than open to meeting her in a championship bout. Not only would Macfarlane (10-0 MMA, 9-0 BMMA) be down to put her Bellator flyweight title on the line against Carmouche (13-7 MMA),...

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