Ilima-Lei Macfarlane had all of the strain on her heading into the principle occasion of Bellator 213 in opposition to Valerie Letourneau. She was headlining the cardboard in her hometown of Honolulu and knew she wanted a spectacular efficiency.

Macfarlane delivered simply that Saturday night time, cinching in a triangle choke to drive Letourneau to faucet out for the primary time in her profession. The submission victory got here at 3:19 of the third spherical. With the win, Macfarlane recorded her second ladies’s featherweight title protection and improved to 9-0. Better of all, her thrilling efficiency was on the Neal S. Blaisdell Area in Honolulu in entrance of her residence crowd.

“I may really feel it backstage earlier than I even walked out,” Macfarlane mentioned of the vitality she obtained from preventing in entrance of her hometown followers.

She added: “That is the perfect day of my life. That is the perfect night time of my life and it is all due to you guys.”

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After a back-and-forth two rounds, Letourneau got here out firing within the third with a strong proper hand. Macfarlane was capable of rapidly get Letourneau in opposition to the cage and secured a visit takedown. Then, the 28-year-old instantly took Letourneau’s again and smelled a chance to place the Canadian away. That is when Macfarlane grabbed Letourneau’s arm and transitioned to a triangle choke, blasting her opponent with one vicious elbow after one other. Letourneau was making an attempt every part underneath the solar to get out.

However this was Macfarlane’s night time and she or he wasn’t about to let the second fizzle. With the group at a fever pitch, Macfarlane (9-0) flipped Letourneu over and nonetheless was capable of maintain the choke intact. After one other collection of sharp elbows, Letourneau realized she could not discover a approach to escape and was compelled to faucet out to the roar of the followers inside the world.

Macfarlane efficiently defended her title for the second time, whereas Letourneau (10-7) suffers her first loss in Bellator.

Here’s what befell at Bellator 213.

(All instances Japanese.)

Bellator 213 outcomes

Ilima-Lei Macfarlane delivers in entrance of her hometown to submit Valerie Letourneau and retain ladies’s flyweight title

12:46 a.m.: Macfarlane def. Letourneau by submission (triangle choke) at 3:19 of the third spherical to retain the ladies’s flyweight championship. What a end by Macfarlane. To start the spherical, Macfarlane was capable of safe a takedown. Instantly, Macfarlane trapped Letourneau’s physique. She switched to a triangle choke and unloaded a collection of exhausting elbows. Macfalrane then rolled Letourneau over with the choke nonetheless locked in and uncorked extra elbows. Letourneau had no approach to escape and tapped out.

12:39 a.m.: Spherical 2 to Letoruneau (10-9, 19-19). Macfarlane got here proper out and rapidly obtained a takedown and related on a collection of elbows. However Letourneau did not let it faze her and caught to the sport plan. She confirmed nice footwork and managed the space with the jab. Letourneau has to maintain the battle on the toes and Macfarlane wants a takedown. She will be able to’t outstrike Letourneau.

12:33 a.m.: Spherical 1 to Macfarlane (10-9). A sense-out spherical between the champion and challenger. Macfarlane landed the tougher photographs and managed the cage. Let’s have a look at if MacFarlane tries to shut the space and check out for a takedown. Letourneau must pump the jab and maintain Macfarlane at a distance.

12:21 a.m.: It is time for the principle occasion of Bellator 213: Ilima-Lei Macfarlane defends her ladies’s flyweight title in opposition to Valerie Letourneau. Macfarlane (8-0) received the belt at Bellator 186 in November 2017, having scored a fourth-round submission of Emily Ducote. Macfarlane made a profitable first title protection, submitting Alejandra Lara within the third spherical this previous June.

Letourneau (10-6) has burst onto the scene in Bellator since debuting in December 2017, profitable back-to-back fights by unanimous resolution.

Will Macfarlane be capable to block every part that comes with preventing at residence and shut out 2018 on a excessive notice? Or does Letourneau are available and spoil the occasion?

Lyoto Machida escapes with split-decision nod over Rafael Carvalho

12:12 a.m.: Machida def. Carvalho by break up resolution (28-29, 29-28, 29-28). A harder battle than Machida in all probability anticipated. Give Machida credit score as Carvalho seemed to interrupt his nostril with a straight proper hand to start the motion. He pulled by means of and confirmed a ton of coronary heart when most would have buckled underneath the strain of getting to take care of an harm. A wise transfer within the third spherical by Machida in getting the takedowns. Machida knew he had the bottom benefit and made probably the most of it. A profitable debut for Machida as he’ll possible face the winner of the middleweight title bout between Gegard Mousasi and Rafael Lovato Jr. at Bellator 214 in January.

12:08 a.m.: Spherical Three to Machida (10-9, 29-28 Machida). All Machida within the ultimate stanza. One takedown to start with of the spherical and one with a few minute left secured him the spherical. Off to the judges scorecards we go. 

Midnight: Spherical 2 to Machida (10-9, 19-19). Good spherical for Machida. The excessive left kick rocked Carvalho’s mind and nearly despatched him packing. Machida landed the tougher photographs and began to frustrate Carvalho. It is anybody’s battle as we enter the ultimate spherical.

11:54 p.m.: Spherical 1 to Carvalho (10-9). Carvalho wasn’t fazed by the very fact he was standing throughout the cage from Machida. He busted Machida’s nostril early on with a tough straight proper hand. Carvalho managed the cage and landed the tougher photographs. Machida must let free.

11:46 p.m.: It is time for the co-main occasion of Bellator 213, as Lyoto Machida squares off in opposition to Rafael Carvalho in middleweight motion. Machida (24-8), the previous UFC mild heavyweight champion, comes into this highly-anticipated Bellator debut, profitable his final two fights within the group. Carvalho (15-2) seems to be to get again on the profitable monitor after shedding his title to Gegard Mousasi by first-round TKO at Bellator 200 in Could.

Can Machida make it a profitable debut and enter the championship image or does Carvalho spoil these plans?

Neiman Gracie chokes out Ed Ruth to advance to grand prix semifinals

11:35 p.m.: Gracie def. Ruth through submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:17 of the fourth spherical. Ruth seemed exhausted popping out for the fourth spherical. Gracie seen and instantly took benefit by securing a double-leg takedown and instantly getting into prime place. Ruth tried to blow up out, however Gracie stayed on his again. Gracie was slowly making an attempt for the rear-naked choke, however Ruth saved making an attempt to show all over. Lastly, Gracie obtained his arm round Ruth’s neck and Ruth immediately tapped out. Gracie advances to the semifinals of the welterweight grand prix and can face the winner of the battle between champion Rory MacDonald and Jon Fitch — a bout that’s anticipated to happen in March.

Gracie confirmed the world he’s greater than only a jiu-jitsu skilled. His hanging has improved dramatically. Mix that along with his wonderful jiu-jitsu and Gracie has emerged because the fighter to look at on this match.

11:27 p.m.: With about 90 seconds left within the third spherical, Gracie locked in a good looking armbar, however one way or the other Ruth escaped. What a battle this has turned out to be.

11:22 p.m.: Lovely floor work by Gracie and Ruth after two rounds. The scrambles have been magnificent, with Gracie making an attempt for quite a lot of submissions and Ruth utilizing his wrestling and discovering methods to get out of the difficulty.

11:09 p.m.: Up subsequent at Bellator 213, Ed Ruth takes on Neiman Gracie within the first spherical of the welterweight grand prix. Regardless that he is an All-American wrestler from Penn State, Ruth (6-0) has received 5 of his fights by knockout. Since shifting to 170 in February 2015, Gracie’s (8-0) received 5 fights by submission. Who will be capable to impose their will and advance to the semifinals?

Liam McGeary knocks out Muhammad Lawal 

10:58 p.m.: McGeary def. Lawal by knockout at 0:53 of the third spherical. McGeary related on a straight proper hand, which stiffened and wobbled Lawal. The person often known as “King Mo” was on his approach down and looking out on the referee for assist. Fortunately, McGeary missed a head kick, as Lawal fell all the way down to the mat. The referee stepped in entrance of Lawal, however hadn’t referred to as off the battle. Realizing the referee did not cease the battle, McGeary got here speeding in and blasted Lawal with a brief uppercut to finish it. Nice win for McGeary, as he snapped a two-fight shedding streak. A loss would have been detrimental to the Englishman’s profession. Now, the previous 205-pound champion is again on monitor and poised to make one other run on the gold.

10:40 p.m.: Arising subsequent at Bellator 213, Muhammad Lawal takes on Liam McGeary in mild heavyweight motion. Lawal (21-7), returning to 205 kilos for the primary time since Could 2016, seems to be to rebound from a 15-second knockout loss to Ryan Bader within the first spherical of the heavyweight grand prix at Bellator 201. McGeary (12-3), the previous mild heavyweight champion, is in determined want of a win, as he’s misplaced three of his final 4. One thing has to present between two guys seeking to regain previous glory.

Nainoa Dung finishes Kona Oliveira amid controversy

10:32 p.m.: Dung def. Oliveira by TKO at 2:05 of the third spherical. An entertaining battle between the 2 rivals ended underneath scrutiny. Oliveira secured a takedown and seemed to be in management. Dung rapidly reversed into mount place and began pouring down punches onto Oliveira, who had been blocking a majority of them. As Oliveira began to get into an advantageous place, the referee referred to as the battle. A foul job by the referee, who ought to have let Oliveira get off it and see what occurs from there. Not a approach you need to win your Bellator debut in case you’re Dung.

10:11 p.m.: Kicking off the principle card of Bellator 213 are lightweights Kona Oliveira and Nainoa Dung in a battle of Hawaiians. The 20-year-old Oliveira (1-0) is making his promotional debut after defeating L.J. Smith Portee by first-round TKO again in July. The 19-year-old Dung (1-0) can be making his first foray in Bellator. He submitted Kris Berberich within the first spherical in August. Oliveira and Dung are heated rivals and don’t love one another within the slightest bit. Hopefully, they do not let their feelings get the perfect of them and we see an excellent battle.

10:00 p.m.: Welcome to Sporting Information’ reside protection of Bellator 213. Seize the refreshments and get locked in as an thrilling night time of fights are forward.

Bellator 213 battle card

Essential card

  • Ilima-Lei Macfarlane (c) vs. Valérie Létourneau for Macfarlane’s ladies’s flyweight title
  • Lyoto Machida vs. Rafael Carvalho; Middleweight
  • Neiman Gracie vs. Ed Ruth; Welterweight grand prix first spherical matchup
  • Muhammad Lawal vs. Liam McGeary; Mild Heavyweight 
  • Kona Oliveira vs. Nainoa Dung; Light-weight 

Preliminary card

  • Timothy Teves vs. Canaan Kawaihae; Featherweight 
  • Kai Kamaka III vs. Shojin Miki; Bantamweight 
  • Ryan Dela Cruz vs. Spencer Higa; Light-weight 
  • Dustin Barca vs. Isaac Hopps; Light-weight 
  • Kala Hose vs. Marcus Gamble; Mild Heavyweight 

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