FeatureBellator MMA to crown first ever female flyweight champ The inaugural championship bout heads to the Penn State campus on Nov 3. by Kristine Haugsjaa September 19, 2017 (Bellator MMA’s Ilima Macfarlane will step up for the inaugural title. Photo Credit: Sherdog.com)The first ever Bellator MMA female flyweight champion will be crowned at the Bryce Jordan Center on the Penn State University campus. The championship main event is part of Bellator 186 on Nov 3.The promotion made the announcement Tuesday.Opening favorite Ilima Macfarlane will face Emily Ducote for the 125-pound belt. Macfarlane (6-0) made her Bellator debut two years ago and has remained undefeated in her professional and amateur career. Ducote (6-2) made her promotional debut last year. She is now 4-1 in the Bellator cage.This is a rematch for title challengers. The two first met at Bellator 167 in December where Macfarlane defeated Ducote via unanimous decision.“We have a very strong commitment to building a respectable female division,” said Bellator president Scott Coker told ESPN.com. “We think Ilima has turned into a pretty big star for us and she had a really good fight with Emily back at Bellator 167. This is the right time and the right fight to crown a champion.”As one of the world’s leading mixed martial arts promotions, Bellator has been on a steady rise in 2017. The female flyweight division has grown this year including the signing of Brooklyn’s undefeated women’s boxing champion, Heather ‘The Heat’ Hardy. Hardy is set for her second appearance in the cage at Bellator 185 in October.Stay tuned to Double G Sports for the latest in Bellator MMA news. Post Views: 2,696The following two tabs change content below.BioLatest PostsKristine HaugsjaaKristine is a Managing Editor for DoubleGSports.com as well as UFC/MMA Lead Writer. She also hosts a column known as Fighting Words.Latest posts by Kristine Haugsjaa (see all) NJ’s Chookagian makes flyweight debut at UFC Charlotte - November 7, 2017 Fighting Words: Bellator is Giving Hardy the Credit She Deserves - October 20, 2017 Frankie Edgar to face Champion Max Holloway at UFC 218 - October 3, 2017 Boxing’s Amanda Serrano heading to MMA - September 21, 2017 Related TopicsBellator MMAChampionshipEmily DucoteFlyweightHeather HardyIlima MacfarlanePenn State UniversityScott CokerWomen's Mixed Marital Arts Click to comment You must be logged in to post a comment Login Leave a Reply Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Newsletter SubscriptionCan't Miss Posts! The Most Catastrophic Boat Trip Since the Titanic; the New York Giants by John Venezia | posted on October 4, 2020 A Look at Paternity Leave in MLB as Trout Becomes a Dad by Elizabeth DiPietro | posted on August 5, 2020 Women in Sports: Podcast Host, New York Riptide Sideline Reporter, Dani Wexelman by Luke Porco | posted on March 3, 2020 From Paramus High School to CBS Sports, Spero Dedes is making waves in sports broadcasting by Sunil Sunder Raj | posted on October 27, 2020 Women in Sports: Ariel Epstein, On-Air Host at SportsGrid (VIDEO) by Anthony Paradiso | posted on March 12, 2021More in Feature You Know I’m Right, Episode 113: New York Post Columnist Phil Mushnick (Audio/Video)On the 113th episode of You Know I’m Right, Nick Durst and Joe Calabrese are joined by... You Know I’m Right, Episode 112: New York Jets’ Insider Brian Costello (Audio/Video)On the 112th episode of You Know I’m Right, Nick Durst and Joe Calabrese are joined by... You Know I’m Right, Episode 111: New York Giants’ Insider John Schmeelk (Audio/Video)On the 111th episode of You Know I’m Right, Nick Durst and Joe Calabrese are joined by... You Know I’m Right, Episode 109: The Athletic’s Marc Carig (Audio/Video)On the 109th episode of You Know I’m Right, Nick Durst and Joe Calabrese are joined by... Glory Kickboxing returns to NYC in December Fighting Words: GGG vs Canelo, is the rematch next?