Ilima-Lei MacFarlane
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Cruises to fourth title defense
March 29, 2020
MacFarlane defeated Kate Jackson via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-44, 50-44) at Bellator 236 on Dec. 21 in Honolulu, Hawaii.
MacFarlane once again showed she's one of Bellator's most dominant champions while making her fourth title defense on home turf. It was the first title defense in which she didn't finish her opponent, but it was still a convincing victory, as she swept the scorecards of all three judges. Her work on the feet was commendable, as usual, but MacFarlane did most of her damage while on the ground, advancing to full mount on multiple occasions. She wasn't invincible throughout and even thanked her opponent for punching her in the face afterwards, but Jackson was never able to truly gain momentum. MacFarlane will continue to be a big favorite against whomever Bellator elects to match her up against.
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Retains title at Bellator 220
April 28, 2019
MacFarlane defeated Veta Arteaga via TKO (cut) at 1:50 of Round 3 at Bellator 220 on Saturday in San Jose.
MacFarlane entered this fight a betting favorite as high as (-1200), but Arteaga was a game opponent who managed to survive the early grappling tests from MacFarlane. The first round seemed to go to the champion due to her grappling ability, particularly when she threatened with a serious heel hook attempt. The second was more of the same for MacFarlane, though that frame may have been up for grabs after Arteaga landed an elbow off her back that appeared to cut the champion. It didn't matter how the judges scored it, however, as MacFarlane converted a takedown early in the third, which led to a hard elbow that gashed open the face of Arteaga. The referee brought in the doctor to examine, and he ended up waiving the fight off due to the cut. It was the third consecutive title defense for the undefeated flyweight.
Continues submission streak
December 16, 2018
Macfarlane defeated Valerie Letourneau via submission (triangle choke) at 3:19 of Round 3 at Bellator 213 on Saturday in Honolulu.
For the second fight in a row, Macfarlane started out slow and turned it on late. After a lackluster first round, Macfarlane scored a takedown in the second. Letourneau was game and scrambled back to her feet. Once they returned to the feet, Letourneau went to work with her striking and seemed to be pulling ahead in the fight. However, the third round was a different story. Macfarlane scored an early takedown and began chaining submission attempts together. She started with a rear-naked choke, transitioned into an armbar and finally ended up with a triangle choke which ended the fight. Macfarlane retained the Bellator flyweight title, remains undefeated and she is quickly becoming the most marketable homegrown fighter in Bellator.
Next title defense booked
September 13, 2018
MacFarlane will defend her flyweight title against Valerie Letourneau on Dec. 15 in Honolulu, Hawaii, reports.
MacFarlane improved her perfect MMA record to 8-0 when she picked up her third consecutive submission victory against Alejandra Lara at Bellator 201. She'll now set her sights on Letourneau, a 35-year-old American Top Team product that is 2-0 under the Bellator banner after leaving the UFC on a three-fight losing streak. It may be a challenger for MacFarlane to work submissions against a larger woman in Letourneau, who will enter the fight with three-inch height and 1.5-inch reach advantages. Letourneau has also logged twice as many professional fights as the 28-year-old champion, who will be making her second title defense.
Successfully defends flyweight title in the main event Bellator 201
June 29, 2018
Macfarlane defeated Alejandra Lara via submission (armbar) at 3:55 of Round 3 at Bellator 201 on Friday in Temecula, Calif.
Macfarlane had a lot of trouble with Lara's height, reach and movement in the first round. When she did close the distance and go for a takedown she ended up on the bottom. However, in the next two rounds, she was able to score takedowns and work from the top position. In the third round, Macfarlane took the mount position. She began raining down punches, before going for an armbar. Lara fought the hold hard and survived for an extended period of time. However, she eventually submitted. Macfarlane will continue to lord over Bellator's deepest women's division. Her next fight will likely be against former UFC title challenge Valerie Letourneau.
Becomes the first Bellator women's flyweight champion
November 3, 2017
MacFarlane defeated Emily Ducote via submission (triangle armbar) at 3:42 of Round 5 at Bellator 186 on Friday in New York City.
MacFarlane clearly went back to the drawing board and worked on her striking following her first fight with Ducote. Their first meeting was basically a series of wrestling exchanges. In this fight, MacFarlane set herself apart from Ducote by continually scoring from the outside. Her jab and hooks scored from a distance that Ducote could not land from. MacFarlane also landed some very solid clinch knees throughout the fight. At the end of the first round, she nearly finished via armbar, but Ducote was saved by the bell. In the final round, Ducote finally scored a takedown. MacFarlane showed off her noted submission game and locked on a triangle armbar to finish the fight. This was an all around strong performance from MacFarlane, and she clearly set herself apart from the rest of the Bellator women's flyweight division. She improves to 7-0 overall and becomes the first-ever Bellator women's flyweight champion.