Although the sport of mixed martial arts “really sucks at times”, Ilima-Lei Macfarlane admits she loves it.
The former Bellator MMA women’s flyweight champion is in good spirits after her split-decision victory over Bruna Allen at Bellator 284.
“Ugh, I really don’t care if I’m a champion again – pfft of course I want to retire as a champion!” Macfarlane jokingly shouted, speaking to members of the media including Cageside Press on Friday. With a hint of sarcasm, she added: “No, I want to retire on a losing streak.”
“This is the ultimate goal, one last time. Put all my eggs in one basket and go eat them,” McFarland added. “Again, my ultimate dream retirement fight is of course in Hawaii, fighting for the belt against my girl Liz Carmouche.”
Carmouche, a good friend and former training partner of McFarland, is someone the former champion says she “loves”, calling her a “sister wife.”
“It was just the fight that was supposed to happen. It was a complete fight. Liz was the first person I met when I stepped into the gym.”
McFarlane, who has spoken a lot about retirement recently, said she plans to hang up her gloves at the end of her current contract. There are also several battles in it.
“I believe I have — I don’t actually know. I just know it’s a couple,” McFarland told Cageside Press about the status of her contract. “But I don’t know, I’ll have to double-check.” Presumably, however, there will be a time or two before a potential title fight/retirement fight.
Regarding Ellen’s late guillotine attempt, McFarland admitted it was too tight enough to “enrage my feathers”, but insisted she would go out instead of dabbing. What bothered her more was the wardrobe malfunction.
“I’m probably more concerned about my ass showing because I can see it on the big screen,” she said of the third-round sequence, her fighting shorts slipping off. “So I was like of course, a fight, World War I I don’t wear underwear – just because I forgot, not because it was on purpose, but I left my underwear in my hotel room – and my ass would be exposed in that fight. So all who see it are welcome. “
Watch the full Bellator 284 postwar media rally with Ilima-Lei Macfarlane above.