Friday’s Bellator 262 card looked to answer a simple question with its main event: would Juliana Velasquez establish a new era as flyweight champion? Or would Denise Kielholtz make the Brazilian’s reign a short one?
The undefeated Velasquez, 11-0 to start the night, had dethroned Ilima-Lei Macfarlane in her last fight — bringing about an end to the inaugural women’s flyweight champion’s reign. Macfarlane had become one of the faces of Bellator MMA during her tenure as champ, so Velasquez had some big shoes to fill.
Her first title defense came against Bellator kickboxing champ Kielholtz, whose transition to MMA had been successful enough to see her win her last four bouts.
Also on the card, training partners turned opponents Tyrell Fortune and Matt Mitrione made up the heavyweight co-main event, while prospects Cody Law and Johnny Eblen were in action as well.
Full results from Bellator 262 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT can be found below; the live stream of the preliminary card is above. For viewers in Canada and other regions with no televised broadcast, the Bellator 262 main card live stream can be found below as well.
Bellator 262: Velasquez vs. Kielholtz Results
Juliana Velasquez (c) def. Denise Kielholtz by split decision (48-47, 47-48, 48-47) – for the Bellator MMA women’s flyweight championship
Tyrell Fortune def. Matt Mitrione by submission (strikes), Round 1, 1:45
Matheus Mattos def. Cee Jay Hamilton by TKO Round 2, 1:33
Arlene Blencowe def. Dayana Silva by TKO, Round 3, 1:00
Johnny Eblen def. Travis Davis by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26)
Said Sowma def. Ronny Markes by knockout, Round 1, 1:09
Cody Law def. Theodore Macuka by TKO, Round 1, 1:54
Diana Avsaragova def. Gabriella Gulfin by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Adil Benjilany def. Johnny Soto by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Charlie Campbell def. Nick Giulietti by TKO, Round 2, 1:30