Ilima-Lei Macfarlane, Emily Ducote to Vie for Inaugural Women’s Flyweight Belt at Bellator 186

By Tristen Critchfield Sep 19, 2017


The inaugural women’s flyweight title will be up for grabs when Ilima-Lei Macfarlane and Emily Ducote square off at Bellator 186.

Promotion officials announced the pairing on Tuesday. Bellator 186 takes place at the Bryce Johnson Center on the Penn State University campus on Nov. 3 and will be headlined by a light heavyweight championship clash between Ryan Bader and Linton Vassell. The main card will air on Spike at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT.

The 27-year-old Macfarlane has compiled a 6-0 record, with all but one of those triumphs coming under the Bellator banner. The Team Hurricane Awesome representative initially squared off against Ducote at Bellator 167, winning a unanimous decision. “The Ilimanator” has finished three of her last four victories by submission.

After falling to Macfarlance, Ducote has posted back-to-back triumphs over Katy Collins and Jessica Middleton within the California-based promotion. The 23-year-old Oklahoma City resident is 6-2 as a pro, with three wins coming by way of submission and three by decision.

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