Unfazed by the opinions of those in the chair, Velasquez (12-0 MMA, 7-0 BMMA) was confident the referees were right as she won the arbitration against the kickboxer-MMA fighter. Denise Kielholtz.
Velasquez told MMA Junkie at a post-match press conference: “In the first round, she became strong. “She was able to come close and hit me but I got around to it. Many of those photos were missing. I found that to be the closest round, but as the fight went on, I was able to find my groove a little more. I was able to stop her from following.
“I think I was much more efficient starting in the third inning. I am very confident when they will announce the decision. I think those three innings are mine. “
After the match, Kielholtz (6-3 MMA, 6-2 BMMA) expressed disappointment over the decision and called for a rematch. However, the champion did not see the need for a second meeting – or at least not a meeting with Kielholtz.
“If I were going to rematch someone I think deserves it, it would be Ilima-Lei (Macfarlane),” Velasquez told MMA Junkie. “She has defended the title many times. After this fight, I will move forward. … I think the most meaningful fight would be fighting Ilima-Lei again or Liz Carmouche. That’s the fight I want (continued). “
Recovering from knee surgery, Macfarlane (11-1 MMA, 10-1 BMMA) hasn’t competed since she lost her belt to Velasquez via unanimous decision in December. As for Carmouche (16-) 7 MMA, 3-0 BMMA), she is undefeated in the promotion and most recently defeated Kana Watanabe via TKO 35 seconds.
Bellator 262 takes place on Friday at Mohegan Sun Arena. The show airs on Showtime after prelims on MMA Junkie.