Ilima-Lei Macfarlane will put her flyweight belt on the line against Juliana Velasquez in the headliner of a Bellator MMA event on Dec. 10.
Sherdog.com confirmed the booking with a promotion official following an initial report from ESPN. The card is expected to take place at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut and air on CBS Sports Network.
Unbeaten in 11 professional appearances – all but one of which have occurred under the Bellator banner – Macfarlane will be making her fifth 125-pound title defense. After claiming the inaugural crown with a fifth-round submission of Emily Ducote at Bellator 186, “The Ilimanator” has vanquished Alejandra Lara, Valerie Letourneau, Veta Arteaga and Kate Jackson in succession. Only Jackson made it to the final horn against the 30-year-old Team Hurricane Awesome representative.
Velasquez has been victorious in her first 10 professional outings. Five of those wins have come in Bellator competition, including a three-round verdict over Bruna Ellen in her most recent bout at Bellator 236 on Dec. 21.
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