11 December 2020

Juliana Velasquez seals Bellator women’s flyweight title following win over Ilima-Lei Macfarlane

Juliana Velasquez has been crowned the new Bellator flyweight champion after beating Ilima-Lei Macfarlane in Bellator 254.

Velasquez, 34, won via unanimous decision in the main event on Thursday night at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut.

Macfarlane, 30, was previously the women's flyweight champion after winning the belt in 2017 and had successfully defended her title since.  

Velasquez from Brazil said afterwards: “To me, this is like a gold medal.”

Macfarlane added: "At the end of the day, she just outperformed me.

“I think it was more like I didn't find my groove until that [fourth-round] takedown. ... Her game plan was spot on, though. She's the champion, she deserves it.”

The best videos delivered daily

Watch the stories that matter, right from your inbox