Juliana Velasquez is about to make her first title protection as Bellator flyweight champion.
Bellator flyweight champion Juliana Velasquez has had a novel run to getting the belt after preventing for smaller promotions in her native Brazil. When she made the transfer down in weight from bantamweight to flyweight forward of her Bellator debut, many questioned what she may carry to the division.
After pulling off the unanimous resolution upset win over Ilima-Lei Macfarlane to earn the belt at Bellator 254, she has silenced the entire doubters.
Velasquez will now make her first-ever title protection at Bellator 262 subsequent weekend, and can as soon as once more be the principle attraction in one in every of MMA’s most-watched promotions. Regardless of the added strain that comes with being a champion, she’s prepared and keen to tackle all comers.
“I’m nonetheless getting higher and higher day-after-day,” Velasquez instructed FanSided. “Denise [Kielholtz] is an ideal problem for me and is a very robust kickboxer. However I really feel my strengths can be an excessive amount of for her.”
Velasquez has been retaining tabs on the highest contenders at 125 kilos for some time now, particularly girls’s MMA pioneer and second-ranked flyweight contender Liz Carmouche. After her lengthy tenure within the UFC and her vicious knockout of Kana Watanabe, Velasquez has her eyes set on Carmouche for her subsequent problem if she will get previous Kielholtz.
Juliana Velasquez is undefeated and looking out ahead to starting a brand new chapter of her profession as a champion
Household has additionally at all times been an essential part of Velasquez’s motivation to beat the most effective on the planet, and most notably her late brother; who she fights for day-after-day. Velasquez devoted her title win over Macfarlane to her late brother and continues to need to make a greater life for her household and other people.
“Household is the whole lot to me,” Velasquez stated. “They’re the rationale I struggle. They’re the rationale I compete. Every part I do is for them. With out them, I wouldn’t be the place I’m at this time in Bellator.”
She’s seen that not loads has modified since she earned the belt, apart from the everyday minor adjustments of getting seen extra in public and having extra followers of the game know who she is.
If Velasquez is ready to placed on one other dominant efficiency in her first title protection towards Kielholtz at Bellator 262, the struggle world will certainly start to understand simply how particular she is out and in of the octagon.