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Juliana Velasquez vs. Bruna Ellen set for Bellator Hawaii

Juliana Velasquez (left) puts her undefeated record on the line against Bruna Ellen.
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Brazilian flyweights Juliana Velasquez and Bruna Ellen will collide in what could be a No. 1 contender bout at Bellator’s upcoming event in Hawaii on Dec. 21, promotion officials confirmed to MMA Fighting following a report by KITV.

The card will be headlined by undefeated flyweight champion Ilima-Lei Macfarlane defending her throne against Kate Jackson, while AJ McKee Jr. battles Derek Campos in a featherweight grand prix quarterfinal bout in the co-main event slot.

Velasquez vs. Ellen will be featured in the main card in Hawaii’s Neal S. Blaisdell Center.

Velasquez (9-0) was hoping that a win over Kristina Williams in July would secure her a shot at the 125-pound gold, but a second-round TKO finish wasn’t enough. The Brazilian judoka is undefeated in the sport with three stoppages in four Bellator appearances.

Ellen (5-2) scored an unanimous decision win over Elina Kallionidou the last time she entered the circular cage in July, bouncing back from a decision defeat to Williams last November and improving to 3-2 under the Bellator banner.

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