Bellator MMA is back after over a month off on Friday night with an event at Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, CA. In all, Friday’s event will have 13 fights on the card.
Bellator 201 (main card Friday, 9 p.m. Eastern Time on Paramount Network), prelims at 7 p.m. Eastern Time online) will be headlined by a Women’s Flyweight Championship fight matching Ilima-Lei MacFarlane (7-0-0 professional record, four wins by submission, one win by knockout or technical knockout) and Alejandra Lara (7-1-0 professional record, three wins by submission, three by knockout or technical knockout.)
MacFarlane’s last win came on Nov. 3, 2017, vs. Emily Ducote in a fifth-round submission to capture the Bellator Women’s Flyweight title. She also won previously in Temecula in August of 2015 by split decision in Bellator 141 vs. Maria Rios.
Lara’s most recent victory came last Dec. 9 in her first Bellator appearance vs. Lena Ovchynnikova by a 3rd round submission in Bellator 190.
Given the fact that both of these fighters are evenly matched with each other, this fight is a tough, tough one to call. However, I give MacFarlane the slight edge on Friday evening in the main event.
Let’s go with MacFarlane by submission here.
Other fights on Bellator 201 include:
Saad Awad (22-10-0) vs. Ryan Couture (11-5-0) [catchweight co-main event]
Valerie Letourneau (9-6-0) vs. Kristina Williams (2-0-0) [Women’s Flyweight match]
Juan Archuleta (18-1-0) vs. Robbie Peralta (19-8-0) [Featherweight match]
Nine preliminaries in the online livestream
Bellator 201 at a Glance:
Prelims (Friday, 7 p.m. Eastern Time)
Main Card (Friday, 9 p.m. Eastern Time, Paramount Network [Ilima-Lei MacFarlane vs. Alejandra Lara- Women’s Flyweight Championship]