Bellator 262 results: Juliana Velasquez retains title with split decision over Denise Kielholtz


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Juliana Velasquez has successfully defended her Bellator flyweight title for the first time.

The main event of Bellator 262 was a closely contested championship fight between champ Velasquez (12-0 MMA, 7-0 BMMA) and challenger Denise Kielholz.

The event took place at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. The main card aired on Showtime following prelims on MMA Junkie.

The first round started out with both fighters feeling out the striking range. The challenger, Kielholtz (6-3 MMA, 6-2 BMMA) put together quick combinations while Velasquez’s output was lower with single strikes throughout the round. With 30 seconds left, Kielholtz unleashed a beautiful five-punch combo to get the champ’s attention and put a stamp on the first five minutes of action.

A big combo from @DeniseKielholtz to the champ @JuVelasquezMMA!

Round 2 is LIVE on @SHOSports 👇 #Bellator262

— BellatorMMA (@BellatorMMA) July 17, 2021

In the second round, Velasquez worked behind a right-hand jab and started to increase her striking volume as she appeared to figure out her opponent’s range. Kielholtz seemed game for the change of pace, as she also answered with punches of her own.

The challenger continues to push the pace!

We are LIVE on @SHOSports with #Bellator262👇

— BellatorMMA (@BellatorMMA) July 17, 2021

The pair continued to trade strikes in the center of the cage early in the third round. Kielholtz led the charge by pressing forward with combinations, but Velasquez would circle away from danger before getting too close to the fence. Kielholtz controlled the center of the cage for the majority of the round, while Velasquez looked to counter with punches.

With 15 seconds left in the round, Velasquez secured her first takedown, but with a short time remaining, nothing significant came from it.

The champ @JuVelasquezMMA striking from range.

Round 3 is live now on @SHOSports 👇

— BellatorMMA (@BellatorMMA) July 17, 2021

The fourth started similarly to the previous round as Kielholtz continued to keep the pressure on the champ as she circled on the outside. Velasquez’s right-hand jab continued to find the mark as the blood and bruising on Kielholtz’s face became more visible. The champ appeared to have her opponent’s timing and distance down, as she became more fluid defensively.

This is a striking clinic!#Bellator262 live on @SHOSports 👇

— BellatorMMA (@BellatorMMA) July 17, 2021

The final round started with a huge right hand from Kielholtz to briefly knock the champ off balance. Perhaps sensing the fight was close, the challenger turned up the pressure. The champ found the range again and returned to working from the outside while countering with punches. Kielholtz stuffed a takedown with a minute to go and led the striking exchanges until time expired.

Two of the judges scored the bout in favor of Velasquez with scores of 48-47, while the dissenting judge turned in a score of 48-47 in favor of Kielholtz.

Velasquez improves to 12-0 in her professional career, picking up her first flyweight title defense by split decision after becoming champion by defeating Ilima-Lei Macfarlane in December.

Kielholtz’s winning streak ends at four after falling to Velasquez in Friday’s main event. After losing to Veta Arteaga by second-round submission in 2018, Kielholtz went on a tear of four straight finishes to earn a shot at the Bellator title. However, she was one judge’s scorecard away from victory on Friday evening.

The full results of Bellator 262 are below:

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Juliana Velasquez retains title, defeats Denise Kielholtz in back-and-forth battle at Bellator 262| Highlights

MMA Mania 16 July, 2021 - 11:23pm

Bellator 262 went down earlier tonight (Fri., July 16, 2021) featuring a women's Flyweight title fight between division queen Juliana Velasquez taking on the promotion’s kickboxing champion, Denise Kielholtz.

Things started off great for the challenger, peppering the champion with several clean strikes courtesy of her expertise in kickboxing. Round two was much of the same with Kielholtz controlling the center of the cage, owning the champion in the standup department.

In round three, Velasquez finally started finding her groove and began to let her hands fly. While Kielholtz was still standing strong in the center of the cage, Velasquez’s striking came alive. By the time round four rolled around, Kielholtz’s face was really starting to show the damage.

Round five was fairly close with both ladies having success on the feet. Staying true to her word, Velasquez never went for a takedown after promising to stand-and-bang with the kickboxing champion. In the end, the judges scored the fight in favor of the champion, awarding her the split decision win to remain undefeated at 12-0.

For complete Bellator 262 play-by-play updates and results click here.

Bellator 262 results: Juliana Velasquez defends title against Denise Kielholtz, Mitrione taps to strikes

Bloody Elbow 16 July, 2021 - 11:17pm

In the main event of Bellator 262, Juliana Velasquez defended her flyweight title against Denise Kielholtz.

It was a good first round for the challenger Kielholtz, who blitzed forward early with some heavy overhands that fell short. ‘Miss Dynamite’ finished the round strong landing a combination of strikes as Velasquez was pressed against the fence.

Velasquez used her size advantage in the second round to start landing her jab and keep Kielholtz at bay. The Brazilian scored the first takedown of the fight in the third round after level changing off a jab from Kielholtz.

The final round was extremely close with Kielholtz landing some good calf kicks and overhands, whilst Velasquez continued to put together combinations off of her jab. The split decision was very much an accurate outcome for the fight, as it was truly too close to call. It’s the first successful defense for Velasquez after winning the belt from Ilima-Lei Macfarlane.

In the co-main event, heavyweight Tyrell Fortune made quick work of Matt Mitrione as he stopped ‘Meathead’ in under two minutes. Fortune landed a takedown and Mitrione appeared to complain to the referee about a clash of heads that went unnoticed. After Fortune landed some heavy unanswered ground and pound, Mitrione tapped to strikes and the fight was over.

Juliana Velasquez def. Denise Kielholtz via split decision (48-47, 47-48, 48-47)

Tyrell Fortune def. Matt Mitrione via TKO (punches) - Round 1, 1:45

Matheus Mattos def. Cee Jay Hamilton via TKO (punches) - Round 2, 1:33

Arlene Blencowe def. Dayana Silva via TKO (punches) - Round 3, 1:00

Johnny Eblen def. Travis Davis via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26x2)

Said Sowma def. Ronny Markes via KO (punches) - Round 1, 1:09

Cody Law def. Nathan Ghareeb via TKO (punches) - Round 1, 1:54

Diana Avsaragova def. Gabriella Gulfin via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Adil Benjilany def. Johnny Soto via unanimous decision (29-28x3)

Charlie Campbell def. Nicolas Giulietti via TKO (punches) - Round 2, 1:30

Bellator 262 results, highlights: Juliana Velasquez retains title in close fight with Denise Kielholtz 16 July, 2021 - 10:52pm

Fighting almost complete on the feet with Denise Kielholtz may not have been the recommended strategy for Juliana Velasquez heading into their Bellator 262 main event on Friday night, but the gameplan ultimately paid off with Velasquez scoring a split decision victory to retain her women's flyweight championship.

Kielholtz got off to a fast start in the opening round, using speed and hard-charging combinations to force the champion into long periods of inactivity as Velasquez attempted to figure out the appropriate timing for counter strikes. As Velasquez seemed initially befuddled, Kielholtz got off to an early lead on the scorecards through sheer activity.

By the second round, however, Velasquez found the tool that would ultimately tip the fight her way, working a stiff jab through Kielholtz's guard. The weapon's effectiveness was aided by a massive size advantage for Velasquez, who towered over the challenger.

"I believe I had a lot of success with my jab but a hard time with my straight right," Velasquez said after the fight. "It wasn't exactly like I wanted, but I'm very happy with how I performed and the result of the fight."

This is a striking clinic!#Bellator262 live on @SHOSports 👇

The jab slowed Kielholtz's ability to charge in with her powerful flurries and left the challenger with swelling around her eyes by the end of the third round. As Kielholtz was slower to charge in, Velasquez was able to better time the flurries and slide out of the way while taking far less damage than in the opening frame.

The fight would continue to hinge on Velasquez's jab until Kielholtz was able to land some heavy combinations while also avoiding a takedown attempt from Velasquez. In fact, Velasquez was only successful with a single takedown over the 25 minutes of the fight, something she seemed disappointed with despite scoring the win.

"I was actually thinking about working my takedowns but I wasn't finding the timing to do it," Velasquez said. "Most of my fights I do the pressuring but I showed that I can fight on the outside as well as withstand the pressure and that's also what makes a champion."

In the end, two of the three official judges saw Velasquez doing enough over the middle rounds to edge out the win, with the cards reading 48-47, 47-48 and 48-47.

The win was the first defense of the title Velasquez won from Ilima-Lei Macfarlane this past December and improved the champion's record to a perfect 12-0 as a professional.

CBS Sports was with you throughout the evening for the latest updates, highlights and results from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut with our live blog below. Stay tuned for updates all night long.

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LIVE! Bellator 262 Streaming Updates, Complete Results

MMA Mania 16 July, 2021 - 04:15pm

Bellator 262’s main card will air on Showtime at 9 p.m. ET. will deliver results for the full card and comprehensive play-by-play for the televised portion of Bellator 262 below.

Many readers check in before, during and after the fights to share their thoughts on all of the action. Feel free to leave a comment (or 262) about the bouts and chat with all the other Maniacs during the show — it’s always a lot of fun!

Round 1: Kielholtz attacks early but she hits nothing but air. Velasquez taking her time, studying her foe, who whiffs on a huge right hand. Left hand nearly clips Velasquez. Velasquez yet to fire off some offense. Inside leg kick from Kielholtz, who is way more active in the opening round. Velasquez attacks with her jab, then follows it up with a left hook. Three punch combo from Kielholtz. Velasquez eats it up. Kielholtz is really comfortable in the opening round. 10-9 Kielholtz

Round 2: Nice stiff jab from Kielholtz. Inside leg kick from Velasquez, then a jab to the body. Stiff left hand lands for the champion. Kielholtz still walking her down, but Velasquez is a bit more relaxed now, putting in some work. Kielholtz rocks Velasquez, but she is quick to recover. Velasquez goes in for the takedown but Kielholtz was like a wall, she didn’t even budge. Not good for the champion. Kielholtz really controlling the action in the center of the cage. Velasquez’s nose is red from the constant damage she’s getting. 10-9 Kielholtz

Round 3: Kielholtz is still coming out aggressive. She snaps her punches very well. Nice counter right from Velasquez. Kielholtz is having a field day in the standup department. Looping overhand right from Kielholtz. Velasquez hasn’t really shown much tonight. Her right eye, though, is starting to swell up thanks to her foe’s constant jabs. Spinning back fist fails for Kielholtz. Left hand lands for Kielholtz. Velasquez goes in for the takedown and she gets it as the round comes to an end. 10-9 Velasquez

Round 4: Velasquez really needs to pick up the pace here. She tags the challenger with a huge right hand. Kielholtz goes in aggressive and lands a nice three punch combination. Right hand from the champion connects. Now Kielholtz is bleeding from her nose. Another spinning back fist miss for Kielholtz. Juliana picking up the pace, winning the striking exchanges in the last two rounds. Kielholtz lands another huge shot. She goes in for the takedown and Velasquez stuffs it. Velasquez lands another right hand to close out the round. 10-9 Velasquez

Round 5: Kielholtz tags the champ with a huge right hand to open the round. Velasquez is rocked but she seems to be composed now. Nice jab from Velasquez and Kielholtz’s face is starting to show the damage. Looping hook from Kielholtz catches nothing but air. Nice right hand from Velasquez backs up the challenger. Surprisingly, Velasquez hasn’t gone for a takedown. Nice jab from the champion, who looks way more comfortable now. Kielholtz is still attacking but Velasquez is evading well. 30 seconds left. Inside leg kick from the challenger, then a huge left hand snaps the champ’s head back. Very close round, close fight. 10-9 Velasquez.

Round 1: Fortune goes in for an early takedown and he starts unloading some ground and pound. It looks like Fortune clipped Mitrione with a headbutt on the initial takedown. Mitrione just playing defense as Fortune goes in for the kill. More ground and pound and the referee puts an end to the fight after Mittrione taps. This was a good win for Fortune. Mitrione is livid and screaming and Dan Miragliota for not calling the inadvertent clash of heads.

Round 1: Spinning kick attack from Hamilton. Mattos drops Hamilton but he bounces back up. Mattos goes in for a guillotine. Hamilton escapes. Clinch from Hamilton and attacks with Muay Thai. Leg kick from Mattos and he presses Hamilton up against cage. Mattos with some damaging shots to the body. Hamilton tries some more spinning stuff, doesn’t land but expends some energy. Mattos lets his hands fly again, clean shots to the body as well. 10-9

Round 2: Hamilton sizing up his opponent. High kick from Hamilton, then a spinning kick. Mattos with a kick to the midsection and Hamilton counters with a right hand. Mattos walking down his opponent and lands a huge left hand that drop Hamilton. Mattos goes in for the kill and unloads big shots on the ground to seal the deal.

Round 1: Inside leg kick from Silva lands. Blencowe trying to close the distance to get her striking attack going. Silva really letting her hands go while Blencowe has yet to land much damage. As I say that she lands a nice left hand. Silva goes in for the takedown, doesn’t get it. Action up against the cage and Silva landing some good knees to the thighs. Blencowe with some shots to the side of the head, but they won’t do much. Not a ton of action here. 10-9 Silva

Round 2: Blencowe comes out a bit more aggressive in round two. Nice body shot from Blencowe, follows it up with a right hand. One-two from Blencowe, then a right hand. Blencowe is starting to get comfortable and letting her hands work. Overhand right lands for Blencowe as Silva goes in for the takedown. Silva with a nice right hand but Blencowe reacts and counters. Silva goes in and lands a huge takedown at the end of the round, though I don’t know if it will be enough to win the round. 10-9 Blencowe

Round 3: Tied at one piece on my scorecard going into the final round. Silva starts off with a lead jab that lands clean. Blencowe with a nice inside leg kick. Another jab from Silva. They trade blows in the center of the cage. Silva with a clean left hook, counter right from Blencowe. Inside leg kick from Blencowe and she blasts Silva with a huge right hand then a left hook that drops her. She’s stunned and Blencowe goes in for the finish and she gets it with ground-and-pound.

Round 1: Inside leg kick from Eblen to start things off here. who is looking like a mini version of Dan Henderson from afar. Nice jab from Eblen. Davis doing well evading Eblen’s punches. They trade leg kicks. Eblen drills Davis with a huge right hand and goes in for a takedown, he gets it but Davis pops up quickly. Eblen separates and drills Davis with a three punch combination before he takes Davis down. This time he keeps him down. Davis eventually gets back up before the round ends and fires off some strikes at the horn. 10-9 Eblen

Round 2: Davis lands a good kick to the shin to start things off in round two. Eblen goes in for the clinch and pushes the action up against the cage and eventually lands a takedown. Davis trying his hardest to get back up but Eblen has great control at the moment. Davis back up and gets warned for grabbing the fence as Eblen tries to take him down again, which he eventually does. Eblen in full control here and Davis has no answer for the wrestling. Eblen tags Davis with HUGE shots up against the cage before he lands another takedown and Davis is cut above his eye. 10-9 Eblen

Round 3: Eblen with a huge over right hand but Davis eats it. Eblen once again drives Davis to the cage, looking to set him for another takedown. He gets it. This isn’t good for Davis because Eblen is in full control on the ground. Big suplex from Eblen as soon as Davis gets up. Davis is back to his feet and Eblen is driving knees to his legs. Eblen drags his foe to the ground once again, simply dominant. Eblen now battering Davis with punches to the ribs, he will feel those in the morning. Davis fights his way up to his feet before he he’s taken down one more time. Dominant performance from Eblen. 10-9 Eblen.

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