Ilima-Lei Macfarlane

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Ilima-Lei Macfarlane
Macfarlane in Honolulu - September 2018.jpg
Born (1990-04-02) April 2, 1990 (age 28)
Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Other names The Ilimanator
Residence San Diego, California, United States
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)[1]
Weight 125 lb (57 kg; 8.9 st)
Division Flyweight
Style 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu, Boxing, Wrestling
Fighting out of San Diego, California, United States
Team San Diego Combat Academy
Rank Brown belt in 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu
Years active 2014–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 8
Wins 8
By knockout 1
By submission 5
By decision 2
Losses 0
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Ilima-Lei Macfarlane (born 1990, in Honolulu, Hawaii) is an American professional mixed martial artist currently competing in the flyweight division of Bellator MMA.[1] She is the inaugural and current Bellator Women's Flyweight World Champion.

Background[edit]

Macfarlane graduated Punahou School in 2009 in Honolulu, Hawaii. She then went on to study Anthropology at San Diego State University. After earning her Bachelor Degree in 2013, she continued her education at SDSU to study Master of Arts in Liberal Studies.[2]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Xplode Fight Series[edit]

Macfarlane began her amateur MMA career in 2014. She fought five times during that year, mainly with Xplode Fight Series, and went undefeated as an amateur.

Macfarlane's first professional fight was an unsanctioned match against Katie Castro for Xplode Fight Series in 2015. Macfarlane won via technical knockout ten seconds into the bout. In the aftermath of the lopsided affair, the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) launched an investigation into the organization's unsanctioned MMA events. Castro had a 0-2 record before fighting Macfarlane and footage of the match was posted on the internet and labeled "Soccer mom loses to MMA fighter". The video went viral, garnering over a million views on YouTube and was discussed on a few television news networks.[3]

Bellator MMA[edit]

Following the bout with Castro, Macfarlane signed with Bellator MMA.[4] She made her debut in August 2015 at Bellator 141 where she defeated Maria Rios by split decision.

Macfarlane fought Amber Tackett at Bellator 148 where Macfarlane won by armbar submission in the first round.

Macfarlane's next bout was against Rebecca Ruth at Bellator 157 where she won by standing rear-naked choke in the second round.

Macfarlane would then fight Emily Ducote at Bellator 167 where she was victorious via unanimous decision.

Macfarlane faced Jessica Middleton at Bellator 178 and won by armbar submission in the first round.

Macfarlane and Emily Ducote had a rematch at Bellator 186 for the inaugural Bellator Women's Flyweight Championship. Macfarlane won the bout with an armbar variation in the fifth round to win her first MMA championship.

Macfarlane faced Alejandra Lara at Bellator 201 for the first defense of her flyweight title. Macfarlane won the fight in the third round via armbar.[5]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Combat jiu-jitsu[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 8–0 Alejandra Lara Submission (armbar) Bellator 201 June 29, 2018 3 3:55 Temecula, California, United States Defended the Bellator Women's Flyweight World Championship.
Win 7–0 Emily Ducote Submission (triangle armbar) Bellator 186 November 3, 2017 5 3:42 University Park, Pennsylvania, United States Won the inaugural Bellator Women's Flyweight World Championship.
Win 6–0 Jessica Middleton Submission (armbar) Bellator 178 April 21, 2017 1 2:15 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
Win 5–0 Emily Ducote Decision (unanimous) Bellator 167 December 3, 2016 3 5:00 Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States
Win 4–0 Rebecca Ruth Submission (standing rear-naked choke) Bellator 157 June 24, 2016 2 3:00 St.Louis, Missouri, United States
Win 3–0 Amber Tackett Submission (armbar) Bellator 148 January 29, 2016 1 2:09 Fresno, California, United States
Win 2–0 Maria Rios Decision (split) Bellator 141 August 28, 2015 3 5:00 Temecula, California, United States
Win 1–0 Katie Castro TKO (punches) Xplode Fight Series – Hurricane January 17, 2015 1 0:10 Valley Center, California, United States

[6][7][8][9][10]

Amateur mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 5–0 Angela Hancock Submission (armbar) Xplode Fight Series - Wasteland November 8, 2014 3 1:32 Valley Center, California, United States
Win 4–0 LaToya Darby TKO (punches) Xplode Fight Series - Tornado September 20, 2014 1 0:50 Valley Center, California, United States
Win 3–0 Breanna Bland Submission (kimura) Xplode Fight Series - Tidal Wave August 23, 2014 1 1:47 Valley Center, California, United States
Win 2–0 Monique Martinez Decision (split) Archangel Worldwide MMA – Tournament of Truth 2 May 2, 2014 3 2:00 Riverside, California, United States
Win 1–0 Stephanie Houser Submission (rear-naked choke) Xplode Fight Series - Fire March 22, 2014 1 0:46 Valley Center, California, United States

Combat jiu-jitsu record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Division Date Notes
Win 2-0 Norway Celine Haga Submission (kimura) EBI 12 Flyweight July 29, 2017 Won the inaugural EBI Women's Flyweight Championship.
Win 1-0 United States Brooke Mayo Submission (triangle choke)

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