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Ilima-Lei Macfarlane breaks out in song after winning flyweight championship

Ilima-Lei Macfarlane had just won the inaugural Bellator MMA women’s flyweight championship when she was whisked backstage to speak with media during Friday night’s Bellator 186 fight card at Penn State University.

Macfarlane talks about winning the gold in a tought title fight against Emily Ducote, vacation plans, longevity in mixed martial arts, and even breaks out in song.


Ilima-Lei MacFarlane highlights:

“First time something is heavy on my shoulders and it feels good.”

“I was feeling good on my feet. Everybody says I’m not a striker.  They say I don’t have any hands.  Well, those people on the internet say that.  I shouldn’t be looking at the internet before my fight but I did. I’m like ‘I’m gonna show them that I can strike.'”

At the 5:53 mark in the video above is when MacFarlane breaks out her favorite song.  Says she is upset she lost her voice because she wanted to go sing karaoke.

MacFarlane talks about being one of few champions from Hawaii, people breaking into her car and stealing her belongings, and visiting the Amish.

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Eric Kowal

Eric Kowal

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Founder of - After writing for Ultimate MMA magazine and serving as the editor for U.S. Combat Sports, both of which went on hiatus, I decided to venture out on my own and enlist a staff of writers and photographers that could help me achieve my goal of telling stories that would otherwise go untold. We pride ourselves in taking a deeper look into the fighter, and understanding what makes them tick. - #1 Dad, Marine Corps Veteran, 80's and 90's Pro Wrestling Fan, MMA Commentator, Beer Lover, and avid movie watcher. Seriously..... I watch a lot of movies.

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  1. […] cage, Macfarlane has a personality that can connect with fight fans. This was on display before and after her fight with Ducote last […]

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