Bellator’s show on April 27 will be a championship doubleheader.
Flyweight titleholder Ilima-Lei Macfarlane is set to make the third defense of her belt when she meets Veta Arteaga in the co-main event of the San Jose card. MMA Fighting confirmed the matchup Saturday following an initial report by MMA Junkie.
Macfarlane (9-0) has won all eight of her appearances under the Bellator banner, six of which she finished via submission. She first captured the flyweight title in 2017 with a fifth-round triangle armbar over Emily Ducote, then scored successful defenses with back-to-back third-round stoppages over Alejandra Lara and Valerie Letourneau, the latter of which headlined Bellator’s debut trip to Macfarlane’s native Hawaii.
Arteaga (5-2), meanwhile, has won four of her six Bellator outings, including recent back-to-back wins over Ducote and Denise Kielholtz.
Bellator’s April 27 event takes place at the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif.