Juliana Velasquez


Loses belt and spotless record
May 1, 2022
Velasquez lost her Bellator Flyweight Championship to Liz Carmouche via TKO (elbows) at 4:47 of Round 4 at Bellator 278 on April 22 in Hawaii.
Gone is the 35-year-old Brazilian's previously-unblemished 12-0-0 MMA record, in addition to her belt. She may have very well deserved a better fate here, as referee Mike Beltran was quick to stop the fight once Velasquez found herself in a crucifix position, though she needed to survive just 13 more seconds to see the final bell in Round 4. It's especially disappointing given that all three judges had Velasquez up on the scorecards after three rounds. Bellator President Scott Coker has since insinuated that he wouldn't be opposed to running this matchup back at a later date.
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Successful first title defense
July 20, 2021
Velasquez defeated Denise Kielholtz via split decision (48-47, 47-48, 48-47) to defend her Bellator Women's Flyweight Title at Bellator 262 on Friday.
Velasquez had to overcome a slow start that saw her nose bloodied by her opponent, a kickboxing specialist. While her wrestling attempts were largely unsuccessful outside of Round 3, Velasquez was able to get back into it with striking of her own. There were ultimately several close rounds in a fight that could have easily gone either way, but Velasquez still heard "and still" at the end of the night. She's now a perfect 7-0 under the Bellator banner and 12-0 in mixed martial arts.
Captures Bellator flyweight title
December 17, 2020
Velasquez defeated Ilima-Lei Macfarlane via unanimous decision (48-47, 49-46, 48-47) at Bellator 254 on Dec. 10.
The first few rounds were a bit underwhelming, but Velasquez got her striking going in Round 3 and started to pour on the punishment. The Brazilian did get taken to the mat a few times, but also showed excellent grappling prowess herself, sealing the victory with a judo throw as time expired in the fifth. The southpaw fighter is an Olympic-level judoka who is now 11-0 as a pro (5-0 under the Bellator banner). Knocking off the only flyweight champion Bellator has ever known is a feat in itself, so it remains to be seen what's next. A rematch may be in the cards considering Macfarlane's dominant reign as champion.
Fights her way into the title picture
December 15, 2018
Velasquez defeated Alejandra Lara via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27) at Bellator 212 on Friday in Honolulu.
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.
Remains undefeated with third-round finish at Bellator 197
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.
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.