Juliana Velasquez doesn’t see need for Denise Kielholtz rematch, eyes two potential options for next fight

UNCASVILLE, Conn. – When the centerpiece’s main choice read inside the cage at Bellator 262, it wasn’t the very first time Juliana Velasquez was booed in her profession.

Unfazed by the viewpoints of those in the seats, Velasquez (12-0 Mixed Martial Arts, 7-0 BMMA) is positive the judges got it right when she won a split choice over kickboxer-turned-MMA-fighter Denise Kielholtz.

“In the first round, she was coming strong,” Velasquez informed Mixed Martial Arts Addict at a post-fight press conference. “She was able to get close and to hit me but I was circling away. Many of those shots were missing. I saw that it was a close round, but as the fight went on, I was able to find my groove a little bit more. I was able to stop her in her tracks.

“I think that I was being much more effective starting from the third round. I was very confident when they were going to announce the decision. I think three rounds of that were mine.”

After the battle, Kielholtz (6-3 Mixed Martial Arts, 6-2 BMMA) revealed her frustration in the choice and required a rematch. The champ doesn’t see the requirement for a 2nd conference, nevertheless – or a minimum of not a one versus Kielholtz.

“If I was going to rematch someone I think deserved it, it would be Ilima-Lei (Macfarlane),” Velasquez informed Mixed Martial Arts Addict. “She had many title defenses. After this fight, I’ll just move forward. … I think that the fight that makes sense the most will be fighting Ilima-Lei again or Liz Carmouche. Those are the fight that I would like to (be next).”

Recuperating from knee surgical treatment, Macfarlane (11-1 Mixed Martial Arts, 10-1 BMMA) has actually not contended considering that she lost the title to Velasquez through consentaneous choice in December. When It Comes To Carmouche (16-7 Mixed Martial Arts, 3-0 BMMA), she is unbeaten in the promo and most just recently beat Kana Watanabe through 35-second TKO.

Bellator 262 occurred Friday at Mohegan Sun Arena. The airs on Showtime after prelims on Mixed Martial Arts Addict.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.