What a slap in the face to Max Holloway. The poor guy has been trying to get the UFC to come back to Hawaii and while Dana White says he’s trying, no headway has been made. Bellator one-upped the UFC and announced that they are going to Hawaii for the first time and they will hold their event in the MMA-famous, Blaisdell Arena.
Blaisdell was the home of Hawaiian MMA for years, primarily the Superbrawl and Icon promotions. Now, Bellator is coming and they are bringing some great scraps with them.
Straight from the horse’s mouth, Ariel Helwani broke the news.
“(Lyoto Machida) will meet former Bellator middleweight champion Rafael Carvalho on Dec. 15 on the promotion’s debut card in Honolulu. The event will be headlined by Hawaii’s Ilima-Lei Macfarlane vs. Valerie Letourneau for the Bellator flyweight title, and it will take place at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center.”
This is huge for Bellator, as they beat the UFC to the proverbial punch. Scott Coker confirmed the news on his Twitter, sort of.
Aloha 🤙🏾 pic.twitter.com/aptSyq3GFe
— Scott Coker (@ScottCoker) September 12, 2018