Bellator has announced the co-main event of Bellator 178. Ilima-Lei Macfarlane will take on Jessica Middleton in a flyweight fight on the card, which takes place April 21 at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn.
Macfarlane joined Bellator in 2015 with a 1-0 record. She has gone on to win all four of her bouts for the promotion. In her last fight, she scored a decision victory over Emily Ducote on the main card of Bellator 167.
Middleton turned professional at Bellator 159 after going 3-2 as an amateur. In her professional debut, she upset Brazilian prospect Bruna Ellen. Middleton returned at Bellator 171 and moved to 2-0 with a decision win over Alice Yauger.
In the main event of Bellator 178, featherweight champion Daniel Straus will defend his belt against former champion Patricio Freire. The two fighters have already faced off three times with Straus taking the most recent victory at Bellator 145.