Bellator 201: Macfarlane vs. Lara - June 29 (OFFICIAL DISCUSSION)

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Bellator 201: Macfarlane vs. Lara - June 29 (OFFICIAL DISCUSSION)

Post by Kingfedor on Tue Apr 10, 2018 11:00 pm


Bellator 201
June 29, 2018
Pechanga Resort Casino
Temecula, California, USA


Main Card:
Ilima-Lei Macfarlane (7-0) vs.        (7-1) Alejandra Lara   
Main Event |  Title Fight | Women's Flyweight | 125 lbs (57 kg)
Ryan Couture (11-5)         vs.           (22-9) Saad Awad   
Co-Main Event | Catchweight | 160 lbs (72.5 kg)
Kristina Williams (2-0)       vs. (9-6) Valérie Létourneau   
Main Card | Women's Flyweight | 125 lbs (57 kg)
Juan Archuleta (18-1)        vs.     (19-8) Robbie Peralta   
Main Card | Featherweight | 145 lbs (66 kg)

Prelims Card:
Joey Davis (3-0)         vs.        (2-2) Craig Plaskett   
Prelims | Welterweight | 170 lbs (77 kg)

Ed Ruth (5-0)             vs.         (16-2) Andy Murad   
Prelims | Welterweight | 170 lbs (77 kg)

Keri Melendez (1-0)    vs.             (1-0) Tiani Valle   
Prelims | Women's Strawweight | 115 lbs (52 kg)

Tyrell Fortune (4-0)     vs.                (8-3) JR Lugo   
Prelims | Heavyweight | 265 lbs (120 kg)

Kristi Lopez (2-0)        vs.       (1-2) Paola Ramirez   
Prelims | Women's Flyweight | 125 lbs (57 kg)

Jordan Young (8-0)     vs.        (4-1) Jamal Pogues   
Prelims | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs (93 kg)


Bellator returns to Pechanga Resort Casino in Temecula, Calif. for Bellator 201 on Friday, June 29. The card will be headlined by the San Diego-based Ilima-Lei Macfarlane (7-0), who defends her undefeated record and newly won flyweight crown against Columbia's Alejandra "Azul" Lara (7-1).

In addition to the women's flyweight championship being up for grabs on June 29, Valerie Létourneau (9-6) will look to improve to 2-0 inside the Bellator cage, when she meets the always-tough Bruna Ellen (4-1) at 125-pounds. Additional bouts, including the co-main event for Bellator 201: Macfarlane vs. Lara, will be announced in the coming days.

Ilima-Lei Macfarlane has been proving naysayers wrong since her viral MMA debut in 2015, defeating every opponent placed in front of her en route to becoming the inaugural Bellator women's flyweight champion this past November by defeating Emily Ducote. Born in Honolulu, "The Ilimanator" was a high school wrestler at Punahou School, where she was also a classmate of pro golfer Michelle Wie. Primarily focusing on her academics, Macfarlane went on to attend San Diego State University, where she studied cultural anthropology and went on to earn her master's degree in liberal arts and sciences. Following that, the 27-year-old dove headfirst into MMA, splitting time between Team Hurricane Awesome and 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu, where she remains to this day. Undefeated as a pro, Macfarlane now looks to keep her undefeated record intact and the title around her waist.

Hailing from Medellin, Colombia, Alejandra Lara made a statement in Bellator's flyweight division when she finished Lena Ovchynnikova via rear-naked choke at Bellator 190. The 23-year-old knockout artist has earned seven victories in eight outings since making her professional debut in 2011 and has shown tenacity in her fights thus far, showcasing a pair of first round knockouts and multiple submissions. On the heels of her impressive promotional debut, Lara earned a shot at the championship on June 29.

The Canadian-born Létourneau, a former UFC strawweight title challenger, carries an impressive track record of thrilling fights, highlighted by a world title contest against former champion Joanna Jędrzejczyk. Since signing with Bellator, "Trouble" has moved up to her more natural weight class, impressively defeating Kate Jackson in her promotional debut. At Bellator 201, the American Top Team-product will look to improve upon her nine victories as a professional, a tally that includes five finishes, with four coming by way of knockout.

At only 21-years-old, Ellen has already made three appearances for Bellator, competing against the likes of Veta Arteaga and Jessica Middleton. The Campinas, Brazil native and Team Nogueira-product has won four out of five fights to begin her professional career and will now look to continue her upward trajectory when she meets the former title challenger in a battle of top contenders.

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Re: Bellator 201: Macfarlane vs. Lara - June 29 (OFFICIAL DISCUSSION)

Post by Kingfedor on Wed Jun 27, 2018 8:30 pm



Lot of prospects on the prelims portion

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Post by Rocksoldier84 on Wed Jun 27, 2018 9:19 pm

Kingfedor wrote:

Lot of prospects on the prelims portion

Sure do. The prelims look good. Davis, Ruth, and Fortune have looked great. Not to mention, Jordan Young and Keri Melendez. The best prelims are the ones with a lot of prospects. I look forward to seeing prospects slowly climb to the top.
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Post by westcott123 on Thu Jun 28, 2018 4:02 am

They do some good prospects on here.
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Re: Bellator 201: Macfarlane vs. Lara - June 29 (OFFICIAL DISCUSSION)

Post by Kingfedor on Thu Jun 28, 2018 5:29 pm

Official Weigh-in:

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Re: Bellator 201: Macfarlane vs. Lara - June 29 (OFFICIAL DISCUSSION)

Post by CDF47 on Fri Jun 29, 2018 10:36 pm

Saad looked really good against Couture. If Chandler stays with Bellator, he should get the winner of Primus/Chandler.

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