Macfarlane set to defend Bellator flyweight title against Arteaga in April

Macfarlane set to defend Bellator flyweight title against Arteaga in April

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Bellator women’s flyweight champion and Hawaii native Ilima-Lei Macfarlane is set to defend her 125-pound title on April 27th against Veta Arteaga.

The fight was announced during tonight’s Bellator 214 broadcast.

Macfarlane will look to defend her Bellator title for the third time in the co-main event of Bellator’s fight card in San Jose, California.

The former Punahou graduate most recently defended her title against Valerie Letourneau in December of last year in Honolulu.

Earlier this week, Macfarlane posted on her Instagram teasing a possible fight announcement.

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LONG POST IF YOU CARE TO READ I basically have been on a 5 week long vacation since my last fight and just started going back to the gym this week. Even though my body hates me right now, I’m relieved to be home and back on my routine. However, I definitely needed some motivation to bring myself in. What a lot of people don’t know about me is that I have THE WORST internal motivation. By internal motivation I mean that if I don’t have to make weight for a fight or go to a team workout, I’ll sit my ass at home and eat cookies. I hate working out. Period. Sure I’ll feel better after a hard session, but I also feel better after cleaning my house. You wanna know the reason why I even started fighting in the first place? Cause Manolo told me to. That’s right. I’m only in this position as a world champion because my coaches kept telling me what to do and I listened because I wanted to please them. THEY were my motivation. And I found out that what I need, what I thrive on is EXTERNAL motivation. I cannot bring myself to get off of the couch for a run if I don’t have a reason to. That reason could be me getting booked for a fight, me promising a teammate that I would lift with them, or even me paying for an expensive ass month long yoga membership and trying to get my money’s worth. But I know that that reason won’t come from within me, and I’m ok with that. Everyone has their different motivations for getting up and doing shit, and mine is simply because I have to, not because I want to. I’m an “obliger” and I’m fine with being on vacation until someone tells me to get off of my ass. You don’t need to have a crazy internal drive to be active or to be world champion, you just need to find ways to trick yourself into doing it. So anyway, since I’m in the gym full-time again maybe that means I have some news for you. You may even want to watch the @bellatormma fights this Saturday 😉. P.S. I chose this picture of me from three years ago in fight shape cause some would think that wanting to look good all the time is enough motivation to workout. Nah lol. My body goes through seasons and I accept each one. I also wanted more likes. #thirstythursday #tbt #fakeabs @tc1gel

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Macfarlane, 28, is 9-0 in her career and 8-0 inside the Bellator cage.

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