Bellator flyweight champ Ilima-Lei Macfarlane has no interest in joining the UFC despite popular demand from MMA fans.
Macfarlane (8-0) is one of the most popular female flyweight fighters in the world with many fans and critics arguing she could be the best. The 28-year-old defended her title in last week’s Bellator 201 main event, submitting Alejandra Lara in the third round.
Fans are clamoring to see Macfarlane take on the best of the UFC, however ‘The Illiminator’ is just not interested.
“Everybody always asks me, ‘Are you going to go to the UFC? What’s your plan?’ Why would I go to the UFC? You’re seeing more and more fighters come from the UFC over to Bellator and – and not just any fighter (but) like, high-profile fighters; (UFC) Hall of Fame fighters are coming over to Bellator. So, I think that’s just saying a lot about where our organization is going.” she said during a recent chat with MMAJunkie.
“Why would I want to leave the people who believed in me and signed me from the beginning? I don’t think I would’ve even got a second look from other promotions. (Bellator Prsident Scott Coker) was the one that believed in me. I’m Bellator through and through,” she continued.
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