April 2, 1990|
Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
|Other names||The Ilimanator|
|Residence||San Diego, California, United States|
|Height||5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)|
|Weight||125 lb (57 kg; 8.9 st)|
|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|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|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. She is the inaugural and current Bellator Women's Flyweight World Champion.
- 1 Background
- 2 Mixed martial arts career
- 3 Championships and accomplishments
- 4 Mixed martial arts record
- 5 Combat jiu-jitsu record
- 6 See also
- 7 References
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.
Mixed martial arts career
Xplode Fight Series
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.
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.
Championships and accomplishments
- Eddie Bravo Invitational
- EBI Women's Flyweight Championship (One time, current)
Mixed martial arts
- Bellator MMA
- Bellator Women's Flyweight World Championship (One time, current)
- One successful title defense
Mixed martial arts record
Professional mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|8 matches||8 wins||0 losses|
|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|
Amateur mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|5 matches||5 wins||0 losses|
|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
|Win||2-0||Celine Haga||Submission (kimura)||EBI 12||Flyweight||July 29, 2017||Won the inaugural EBI Women's Flyweight Championship.|
|Win||1-0||Brooke Mayo||Submission (triangle choke)|
- "Ilima-Lei Macfarlane". Tapology.
- "Video spurs probe into Xplode's unsanctioned MMA events". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2017-07-08.
- "Ilima Macfarlane: 'Soccer mom' KO video not the reason I got a Bellator contract". MMAjunkie. 2015-08-30. Retrieved 2017-07-08.
- Bryan Tucker (June 29, 2018). "Bellator 201 Results: Macfarlane vs. Lara". mmafighting.com.
- "Ilima-Lei MacFarlane - MMA Fighter Profile - Bellator.Spike.com".
- "Xplode Fight Series - XFS (A2M Entertainment, Inc.) - MMA Promoter Page - Tapology".
- "Ilima-Lei Macfarlane - MMA - Awakening Fighters".
- "Ilima MacFarlane : Official MMA Fight Record (6-0-0)".
- Sherdog.com. "Xplode Fight Series - Hurricane".
- Sherdog.com. "Xplode Fight Series - Wasteland".
- Sherdog.com. "Xplode Fight Series - Tornado".
- Sherdog.com. "Xplode Fight Series - Tidal Wave".
- Sherdog.com. "Xplode Fight Series - Fire".
- Sherdog.com. "Archangel Worldwide MMA - Tournament of Truth 2".