Ilima Lei-Macfarlane’s homecoming is official.
The flyweight world champion and challenger Valerie Letourneau both made the 125-pound weight limit today to make Saturday night’s Bellator 213 main event official.
A sold-out Blaisdell Arena crowd will welcome Macfarlane, a Punahou alumna, back home for the second defense of the title she won in December 2017.
Macfarlane (8-0) weighed in exactly at 125 pounds while Letourneau (10-6) officially checked in at 124.4 pounds.
“It’s been a really, really stress-free fight week,” Macfarlane said Thursday. “I’m sure the nerves are going to sink in more and more the day of (the fight) and everything, but right now, I’m super chill. I’m back home in Hawaii.”
Macfarlane has already invited Letourneau, who is from Canada, to a luau on Sunday regardless of the outcome of the fight.
“I like it. (We) will have a drink after this fight no matter what happens,” Letourneau said Thursday. “I think we always respect each other and we have nothing against each other. It’s a sport and we’re going to fight.”