Juliana Velasquez
Fights her way into the title picture
FlyweightBellator
December 15, 2018
Velasquez defeated Alejandra Lara via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27) at Bellator 212 on Friday in Honolulu.
ANALYSIS
This was an interesting fight between two contenders for the Bellator flyweight title. It took Velasquez a round to figure out her range, but when she did, she was able to control the striking and take the decision. She has above average reach for someone her size, and that allowed her to score from the outside. This victory perhaps puts her in line for the next shot at the Bellator flyweight title, which Ilima-Lei Macfarlane defends against Valerie Letourneau on Saturday.
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Remains undefeated with third-round finish at Bellator 197
FlyweightBellator
April 13, 2018
Velasquez defeated Rebecca Ruth via TKO (kick) at 0:19 of Round 3 at Bellator 197 on Friday in St. Charles, Mo.
ANALYSIS
Velasquez comes from an extensive judo background and was very impressive in her Bellator debut. Against a tough veteran, Velasquez picked up another victory. Velasquez had a reach advantaged and used it to control the striking. Ruth did manage to land a knockdown in the second round, but Velasquez got up and scored a knockdown of her own. In the final round, Velasquez landed a front kick to the body that hurt Ruth and ended the fight. Velasquez has likely done enough to put herself in the flyweight title picture.