Ilima-Lei Macfarlane Wants A Women’s Bantamweight Division So She Can Become A Double Champion


Bellator MMA Women’s Flyweight Champion Ilima-Lei Macfarlane successfully defended the gold against Kate Jackson in the main event of Bellator 236

The promotion currently has two women’s divisions, flyweight and featherweight, but Macfarlane would like to see them add a third so she can achieve the goal of becoming a double champion.

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“I want to be champ-champ status. I want that champ-champ status, or I want that opportunity,” Macfarlane told MMA Junkie. “So I’m saying it now: I want a bantamweight division.”

There may only be two women’s divisions in Bellator MMA, but the men have a total of seven weight classes to compete in.

Scott Coker says that he doesn’t think that Macfarlane has any trouble competing at flyweight and would like to see her stay at 125 pounds.

“I don’t think she had that hard of a time to get to ’25,” Coker said after the event. “I’ll have to talk to her, but when these fighters are in their camps and they’re kind of doing their thing – I kind of stay away. But we’ll talk to her. But to me, we have a 125-pound weight class. She looked great in there, she didn’t gas. It’s not like she cuts so much weight she gassed out there. She was in a tough match for five rounds and she handled it, so to me, we’d like her to stay there. If it was really something that she had to do, we would consider it.”

Rumors have started swirling suggesting that a women’s flyweight grand prix could be on the horizon, which would keep Macfarlane from competing in another weight class for some time.

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