Denise Kielholtz

Miss Dynamite


Submits in the second round at Bellator 205
September 21, 2018
Kielholtz lost to Veta Arteaga via submission (guillotine choke) at 4:24 of Round 2 at Bellator 205 on Friday in Boise, Idaho.
Kielholtz's quest to be a two-sport Bellator champion hit a snag with this loss. In the first round, she had a lot of success with her punches. Arteaga came forward and threw wild punches. Kielholtz was able to beat her to the punch and land the better shots. In the second round, Arteaga finally broke through and scored a takedown. She threatened with a near back take, before Kielholtz got back to her feet. The kickboxer then went for a takedown of her own. Arteaga used the opportunity to lock in a guillotine choke and finish the fight. This was Kielholtz's first loss in Bellator MMA after winning her previous two fights. It will be interesting to see if she continues to campaign in MMA or goes back to her kickboxing roots where she still holds the Bellator title.
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Kielholtz defeated Jessica Middleton via submission (scarfhold armbar) at 1:16 of Round 1 at Belltor 188 on Thursday in Tel Aviv, Israel.
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