- Bellator 213 gets underway on Saturday, December 15th at Neal S. Blaisdell Center in Honolulu
- Will Honolulu native Ilima-Lei Macfarlane successfully defend her title against Valerie Letourneau?
- How will Lyoto Machida fare in his Bellator debut?
Get ready to say “aloha” to Bellator 213 as the promotion’s final event of the year takes place on Saturday night at Neal S. Blaisdell Center in Honolulu. The eagerly anticipated card is a homecoming for women’s flyweight champion Ilima-Lei Macfarlane, who will put her undefeated record on the line against Canadian mixed martial artists Valerie Letourneau in the main event.
The co-main event features former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida against fellow Brazilian and former middleweight titleholder Rafael Carvalho. Rounding out the night is Ed Ruth vs Neiman Gracie in the welterweight Grand Prix quarterfinals, and Muhammed Lawal vs Liam McGeary.
Ilima-Lei Macfarlane vs Valerie Letourneau Odds
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Macfarlane enters Saturday night’s fight as the odds-on favorite, and its easy to understand why. The 28-year-old champ is seven years younger than Letourneau and is coming off a decisive victory at Bellator 201 in which she finished off Alejandra Lara in the third round via armbar. The Ilimanator dominated the hard-hitting Colombian with her superior ground game, and showed impressive maturity and composure from start to finish.
Letourneau may be the underdog, but she’s not to be overlooked. The former UFC title challenger turned in a stellar performance of her own at Bellator 201, earning a unanimous decision over Kristina Williams. The three-round slug fest featured some devastating hits that repeatedly brought the crowd at Pechanga Resort and Casino to their feet.
Macfarlane vs Letourneau Tale of the Tape
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Pick: Macfarlane (-190)
You won’t get much value in wagering on Macfarlane at -190, but betting on Letourneau is tantamount to throwing your money away. The Montreal native has lost three of her last five fights and is at an age when most fighters consider hanging ’em up. Macfarlane, on the other hand, is just entering her prime and is sure to receive an extra boost fighting in front of her frenzied hometown fans.
Take a look below at the latest odds for Bellator 213’s other featured fights.
Ed Ruth vs Neiman Gracie Odds
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Both fighters are undefeated, but Ruth is the overwhelming favorite to emerge victorious. Bet against him at your own peril.
Rafael Carvalho vs Lyoto Machida Gracie Odds
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The 40-year-old Machida is a true MMA legend who has victories against BJ Penn, Tito Ortiz, and Randy Couture on his overflowing resume. Will Carvalho be next?
Muhammed Lawal vs Liam McGeary Odds
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Lawal and McGeary were scheduled to fight a year ago at Bellator 185, but the fight was scrapped after King Mo was injured. McGeary is coming off a pair of ugly losses to Linton Vassell and Vadim Nemkov and will be looking to get his career back on track on Saturday night.
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