Bellator 254 results: Juliana Velasquez decisions Ilima-Lei Macfarlane

Ilima-Lei Macfarlane implemented her world-class ground game somewhere around the middle of the fourth round of her Bellator 254 main event against Juliana Velasquez.

Unfortunately for her, Velasquez (10-1 MMA, 5-1 BMMA) flustered Macfarlane (11-1 MMA, 10-1 BMMA) for the first three-and-a-half rounds, and she regained control of the fight in the fifth.

And with that, Velasaquez won the highly anticipated battle of unbeatens and won the Bellator women’s flyweight championship via unanimous decision.

Velasquez earned judges’ scorecards of 48-47, 49-46, and 48-47 to take the title at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.

“I’m very excited to finally be the champion, I want to thank my team, my family, my brother,” Velasquez said. “My goal not only to be a champion with the way I perform in the ring but to carry the belt with honor.”

Macfarlane, for her part, had her run as inaugural women’s 125-pound champ come to an end. She held the title since Nov. 3, 2017 and successfully defended it four times.

She was gracious in defeat.

“She’s the champion, she deserves it,” Macfarlane said,

Bellator 254: Macfarlane vs. Velasquez Main Card:

Juliana Velasquez (11-0) defeated Ilima-Lei Macfarlane (11-1) via unanimous decision (48-47, 49-46, 48-47)

Magomed Magomedov (17-1) defeated Matheus Mattos (12-2-1) via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)

Linton Vassell (20-8) defeated Ronny Markes (19-8) via TKO (strikes) at 3:37 of round two

Romero Cotton (5-0) defeated Justin Sumter (7-4) via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:36 of round one

Preliminary Card:

Billy Goff (3-2) defeated Robson Gracie Jr. (3-1) via TKO (strikes) at 1:46 of round two

Cody Law (2-0) defeated Kenny Champion (2-1) via TKO (strikes) at 4:44 of round three

Grant Neal (5-0) defeated Maurice Jackson (7-3) via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:59 of round two

Shamil Nikaev (10-0) defeated Kemran Lachinov (10-3) via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

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