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Ilima-Lei Macfarlane’s mana wahine walkout at Bellator 236

Bellator MMA returned to Hawai’i for the second year in a row and was headlined by local girl Ilima-Lei Macfarlane once again. Macfarlane defeated Kate Jackson via unanimous decision to successfully defend her flyweight world title for the fourth consecutive time, the most among current Bellator champions.

The undisputed champ used her platform to highlight Hawai’i and her culture. Ilima-Lei reenforced her support for the peaceful protests against the Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea and notably used all women to perform alongside her.

I wanted to use all wahine…it’s just very important to me to represent the mana wahine (female empowerment).