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Bellator is headed to Hawaii for the first major MMA event since 2008

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Honolulu native Ilima-Lei Macfarlane will defend her belt against Valerie Letourneau at Bellator 210 on December 15th.

Ilima-Lei Macfarlane Esther Lin

Bellator continues to expand and take its product around the globe, this time beating the UFC to Hawaii for an event in Honolulu on December 15th.

According to KHON2, undefeated women’s flyweight champion and Hawaii native Ilima-Lei Macfarlane will headline Bellator 210, defending her title against UFC vet Valerie Letourneau. The event will air live (no tape delay!) on DAZN as part of a new $100 million deal that kicks off September 29th with Bellator 206: Mousasi vs. MacDonald.

Known for pumping out some of the toughest fighters in the world, Hawaii hasn’t hosted a major MMA event in years due to ridiculously high taxes and commission fees. The UFC almost came in August of 2018, but changed plans after the Hawaii Tourism Authority could only afford $1 million of the $6 million sponsorship fee demanded by the promoter. Now Bellator gets to sweep in and hold the first ‘major league’ event on the islands since EliteXC: Return of the King in 2008.

Ilima-Lei Macfarlane is currently 8-0 with submissions in her last three fights. This will be her first ever MMA fight in her hometown of Honalulu. Valerie Letourneau left the UFC in 2016 on a three fight losing streak, but finally getting to compete at 125 pounds has earned her a 2-0 record in Bellator.