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Ilima-Lei Macfarlane Believes Ellen Fight Will Either Be Boring, or a Brawl

Former Bellator MMA women’s flyweight champion Ilima-Lei Macfarlane returned to the ring on Friday looking to break her first career two fights.

In fact, those were the only losses in her career. Hawaii’s McFarland (11-2) took a long break between games that cost her the title against Juliana Velasquez before returning in April this year The decision to drop former UFC fighter Justin Kish.

Despite her big fight against Bruna Allen’s Bellator 284 this Friday, McFarlane has a lot to do with the fight outside, she admitted in a recent interview with Cageside Press. That included filing a lawsuit against her former youth basketball coach, alleging sexual abuse, and running a campaign to draw attention to her plight. MMIW [Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women].

“I’m just at a different stage in my career and life, and I almost feel like I don’t need to put all my eggs in one basket,” McFarland told Cageside Press about her distraction ahead of Ellen’s battle . “I don’t need to be so focused that I lose sight of other parts of my life that need attention. Because that’s what I do when I’m fighting for the belt, when I get a title, that’s what I have to do. I don’t think it’s Not because of my lack of focus on my fighting career, but because it’s a different phase, it’s an adaptation to what I usually do.”

McFarland admits that a lot does happen in her life other than fights, “but everyone does,” she added. “You don’t really meet a fighter, all they do [is] Living, training, eating, breathing and fighting, they have no mental problems, they have no other life or relationship problems. Everyone is dealing with this problem. “

For a moment, it looked like McFarland could also be seriously injured after his game against Kish in April. Fortunately, it turned out to be less severe than initially thought.

After being taken to the hospital and wearing a neck brace, “fortunately, by God’s grace, I didn’t break anything. It was a stinger, so just some bone bruises and some nerve damage,” McFarland said. disclose.

The Hawaiian texted Bellator almost immediately, wanting to fight, while also injecting PRP in her neck. “The quick turnaround is very intentional because in a sense I’m making up for lost time, layoffs for so long. I feel okay, I don’t feel 100%, but no one feels 100% going into the fight. “

‘The Terminator’ gives unique predictions for her Bellator 284’s fight against Bruna Allen.

“I think if she doesn’t engage with me, it’s going to be boring and just run outside and try to overtake me,” McFarland suggested. “Or it’s going to be a fight and we’re just trying to knock each other out and of course I’ll be looking for my end.”

Watch our full interview with Bellator 284’s Ilima-Lei Macfarlane above. Macfarlane vs. Ellen will be held on Friday, August 12, 2022 at Bellator 284 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.


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