Juliana Velasquez retained her rare status as an undefeated MMA champion on Friday night, using a sharp jab and strong footwork to fend off Denise Kielholtz and successfully defend her flyweight title by split decision in the main event of Bellator 262 at Mohegan Sun Arena.
Velasquez (12-0), a 34-year-old from Rio de Janeiro who was making her first defense of the belt she won in December, was on the move for the better part of five rounds, with Kielholtz firing power shots in her direction. The champ, known for her forward pressure, evaded danger by stepping backward or side-to-side. The 5-foot-3 Kielholtz often was too far on the outside to land her offense, and once the 5-6 Velasquez picked up on her timing, she reddened the challenger’s face with her jab. Read More