The big island of Hawaii is quietly becoming a state known for producing explosive MMA talent. In today’s episode of Across The Pond, you will meet a fighter whose leech-like submissions and explosive power have her making waves in Bellator MMA. A professional since January 2015 and representing Team Hurricane Awesome, Ilima-Lei Macfarlane owns a 6-0 record consisting of three submissions, two decisions and one knockout.
In her MMA debut, Ilima knocked out Katie Castro in the first round. At Bellator 141 she defeated Maria Rios via split decision. Then, Macfarlane submitted Amber Tackett via armbar in the first round at Bellator 148 followed by a second round rear naked choke victory over Rebecca Ruth at Bellator 157. At Bellator 167, she defeated Emily Ducote via unanimous decision. At Bellator 178 Macfarlane submitted Jessica Middleton via armbar in round one. Watch out for this Hawaiian volcano!