The rumors have been going around for months now that the Battle for the TOP female 145’ers on the planet has essentially been won by Bellator and that the UFC will be forced to concede and close that division that never really started down for good.
Perhaps even showing just how much depth Bellator has gained was the most recent 145 pound outing put on by InvictaFC where they actually had two 135/145’ers as an “official” 145 pound fight where both ladies had spent most of their careers floating between the two weight classes and not being a TRUE 145 pounder.
The same sadly can be said with Megan Anderson’s opponent for her title defense in July. Whilst Megan herself is certainly a top 5 ranking 145er and a threat to anyone in the division sadly Invicta was forced to bring in a new person from outside the promotion with a 5-0 record but with all wins coming against people who have yet to win a single fight! (So While I LOVE Invicta, they have set up a can to crush and it’s clear the talent at 145 is at Bellator WITHOUT QUESTION!)
Amanda Bell (the Lady Killer) will be taking on Alexis Dufresne, who came in heavy for her last fight. And additionally let the UFC prior to making the jump to Bellator after missing 2 fights for being too far outside the weight limit to compete. So expect an interesting match up as you have an athlete known for coming in heavy, but still very good, taking on a former Invicta athlete in the “newly minted premium 145” elite pool now owned by Bellator!
For this camp, Amanda will be getting some assistance from Karate Mafia and the stable of athletes there. Of these they include the current LFA fly weight champion in Andrea KGB Lee and of course our very own atomweight KOTC world champion and Rizin star in Andy Nguyen.
While there will be other athletes in the mix Andrea and Andy will certainly add some new looks to the training, particularly in the area of speed. And certainly when asked there wasn’t even a hint at giving any type of game plan away.
Bellator 181 takes place on July 14th with the card to date as per below:
- Patricky Freire vs. Derek Campos
- Emily Ducote vs. Valerie Letourneau
- Steve Garcia vs. Joe Warren
- Andre Fialho vs. A.J. Matthews
- Kendall Grove vs. John Salter
- Amanda Bell vs. Alexis Dufresne