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New fights announced for Bellator’s doubleheader in Hawaii

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Ilima-Lei Macfarlane (pictured) headlines the second leg of Bellator’s doubleheader in Hawaii.
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Bellator held an open tryouts in Honolulu to find local talent to compete at the upcoming doubleheader in Hawaii on Dec. 20 and 21, and 10 fighters were signed by the MMA organization.

The events will take place at the Neal S. Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu. The first card features Josh Barnett’s promotional debut against fellow newcomer Ronny Markes, while Hawaiian star Ilima-Lei Macfarlane puts her flyweight title on the line versus Kate Jackson in the headline attraction on Dec. 21.

The fighters signed by Bellator compete next month are Braydon Akeo (3-0), Cheyden Leialoha (7-1), Pierre Daguzan (5-3, 1 NC), Jamie Thorton (6-5), Hunter Ewald (0-0), Keoni Diggs (7-0), Scotty Hao (4-2), Swayne Lunasco (7-0), Kaylan Gorospe (0-0) and Ben Wilhelm (3-0).

Check the updated cards below.

Bellator: Salute the Troops

Main Card:
Josh Barnett vs. Ronny Markes
Toby Misech vs. Erik Perez
Alejandra Lara vs. Veta Artega
Tywan Claxton vs. Braydon Akeo

Preliminary Card:
Cass Bell vs. Pierre Daguzan
Hunter Ewald vs. Jonathan Pico
Tiani Valle vs. Jamie Thorton

Bellator Hawaii

Main Card:
Ilima-Lei Macfarlane vs. Kate Jackson
A.J. McKee vs. Derek Campos
Neiman Gracie vs. Kiichi Kunimoto
Juliana Velasquez vs. Bruna Ellen
Raufeon Stots vs. Cheyden Leialoha

Preliminary Card:
Swayne Lunasco vs. Kaylan Gorospe
Keoni Diggs vs. Scotty Hao
Nate Yoshimura vs. Chas Dunhour
Kai Kamaka III vs. Spencer Higa
Kona Oliveira vs. Ben Wilhelm
Dustin Barca vs. Brandon Pieper
Nainoa Dung vs. Zach Zane