Preview and prediction for Juliana Velasquez vs. Denise Kielholtz at Bellator 262.
After ending the undefeated document of Ilima-Lei Macfarlane to seize the Bellator ladies’s flyweight championship, Juliana Velasquez makes her first title protection in the primary occasion of Bellator 262, as she takes on Denise Kielholtz.
A winner in all 11 of her professional fights to this point, Velasquez made her Bellator debut at Bellator 189, submitting Na Liang. She adopted that up with a knockout of Rebecca Ruth and a cut up choice over Alejandra Lara. After wins over Kristina Williams and Bruna Ellen in 2019, Velasquez challenged Macfarlane at Bellator 254 in December, the place she took a one-sided choice for the title win.
Initially coming into Bellator by means of Bellator Kickboxing, the place she was a flyweight champion, Kielholtz’s MMA run in Bellator began with wins over Jessica Middleton and Petra Castkova earlier than a loss to Veta Arteaga. Since then, nonetheless, Kieholtz has scored 4 straight finishes, TKO’ing Bryony Tyrell, submitting Sabriye Sengul and Kristina Williams and, most lately, knocking out Kate Jackson in 43 seconds.
Who will win at Bellator 262: Juliana Velasquez or Denise Kielholtz?
Velasquez may have a three-inch top benefit over Kielholtz, in addition to a one-inch attain edge.
On paper, this seems to be like a typical grappler (Velasquez) vs. striker (Kielholtz) battle. However each are extra well-rounded than what they seem on paper. Velasquez has proven how exhausting her putting will be — simply take a look at how her knee broken Macfarale of their title struggle. And Kielholtz holds just a few victories by submission in her MMA journey.
Nonetheless, Velasquez will look to make use of her judo to overwhelm Kieholtz, and Kielholtz will in all probability look to maintain the struggle standing. And maybe the battle of the clinch can be tremendous necessary.
Kielholtz is likely to be slightly youthful and extra skilled, she could also be robust, however Velasquez has a pleasant alternative to solidify her champion standing right here.
Prediction: Velasquez by way of unanimous choice
Bellator 262 takes place on July 16, 2021, dwell from Mohegan Solar Enviornment in Uncansville, CT. Comply with alongside FanSided for all of your dwell outcomes and highlights.