Bellator’s second night in paradise, or at least Honolulu, kicked off with early prelim action featuring a host of Hawaiian talent.
The second night of a two-night stand in Honolulu, Hawaii went down Saturday for Bellator MMA. After Bellator 235 was hit by the last-minute cancellation of its main event thanks to a Josh Barnett illness, the promotion was hoping it would be smoother sailing for Bellator 236.
Topped by a women’s flyweight title fight featuring reigning champ and local hero Ilima-Lei Macfarlane taking on Britain’s Kate Jackson, the event was very much about the ladies. While there was also the featherweight grand prix quarterfinal bout between A.J. McKee and Derek Campos, it was hard to overlook the fact that Juliana Velasquez was taking on Bruna Ellen in a fight where a win could easily secure the former a title shot.
Ahead of the main card, however, was prelim action featuring a number of local talents. The action got underway at 8:30 PM ET, with all the early bouts streaming live online.
Check back below come fight time for the Bellator 236 preliminary card live stream!
Bellator 236: Macfarlane vs. Jackson Preliminary Card Results:
Catchweight (142.8lbs): Swayne Lunasco def. Kaylan Gorospe by TKO, Round 3, 3:39
Lightweight: Keoni Diggs def. Scotty Hao by submission (rear-naked choke), Round 2, 2:23
Flyweight: Chas Dunhour def. Nate Yoshimura by knockout (elbow and punches), Round 2, 2:46
Featherweight: Kai Kamaka III def. Spencer Higa by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Welterweight: Benjamin Wilhelm def. Kealii Kanekoa by submission (rear-naked choke), Round 1, 2:24
Lightweight: Dustin Barca def. Brandon Pieper by submission (rear-naked choke), Round 1, 0:58