Ilima Lei MacFarlane Shows Heart of a Champion In Split Decision War With Bruna Ellen – Bellator 284 Results (Highlights)

"The Ilimanator" came out on top over Ellen after going the distance

Ilima Lei MacFarlane, Bruna Ellen
Credit: Bellator
Coming off a two-fight skid that saw her lose the flyweight title to Juliana Velasquez, Ilima Lei MacFarlane was looking to get back to winning ways against Bruna Ellen at Bellator 284.

Bellator 284: Ilima Lei MacFarlane vs. Bruna Ellen

Round 1

MacFarlane with a straight right. Ellen with a nice right hand. Both ladies are in the middle trading strikes. MacFarlane looking relatively slower, more composed. Ellen is looking to connect off her movement with the front leg. MacFarlane pushes Ellen back with a straight. Ellen with a bunch of feints before going in for a punch combination, landing only a left hook. Big shot from MacFarlane. Ellen lands a counter left. Ellen with another left hook. Another huge left hook on her way back from Ellen. MacFarlane lands a big right hand. Superman punch from MacFarlane. Ellen is looking to counter Ilima’s shots. A massive left hook by Ellen clips MacFarlane. Straight right connects for Ilima. Huge straight right lands for Ilima. Ilima with another big right and goes for a takedown. Ellen is against the cage controlling Ilima’s wrist. Both try to get a shot in the clinch transition. Ilima gets a takedown to end the round.

Round 2

MacFarlane opens Ellen’s guard with a straight right. Beautiful right hand down the pipe from Ellen. Big one-two from Ellen. MacFarlane goes for a takedown. She’s trying to trip Ellen to the side. Ellen does well to defend and gets out. They return to the middle of the octagon and trade again. Ellen swings wild and misses. Nice right hook by MacFarlane. Nice lateral movement from Ellen to circle on the outside. MacFarlane enters in and tries to connect but only lands on the guard. Head kick dodged by Ilima. Big left hand from Ellen connects. Ellen has MacFarlane’s back and is pressing her down while Ilima defends. Ilima turning Bruna to the side to get top position. Ellen gets her in the guard before launching her off and getting back to her feet.

Round 3

MacFarlane rocks Ellen with a left hook. A follow up left hook clips Ellen again. MacFarlane goes for a takedown and gets it. She has Ellen’s left leg trapped but Ellen manages to get up. MacFarlane tries to trip Ellen but ends up in a guillotine submission attempt. Ilima doing well to stay in there, relaxed and cruising through the choke. Ellen still has the grip under her chin in full guard. Ilima might be waiting for Ellen’s arms to burn out from trying to choke her out. Ilima turns and gets her feet on the cage to relieve some pressure. Ilima has reversed the submission attempt to get the top position. Ilima gets out of the choke and gets on top to lay some ground and pound. Vicious elbow from Ilima to Ellen who’s under her.

Official Result: Ilima Lei MacFarlane defeats Bruna Ellen via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27).

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