Bellator 205’s Veta Arteaga down to scrap with kickboxing champ Denise Kielholtz

BOISE, Idaho – Denise Kielholtz might be Bellator’s kickboxing champion, but Veta Arteaga isn’t afraid of a little standup action.

“I don’t mind to strike,” Arteaga told MMAjunkie in advance of their Bellator 205 meeting tonight at Centurylink Arena in Boise, Idaho. “That’s what I’m known for, too. I’m known for being a scrapper, so I’m excited to scrap with her.”

Dutch fighter Kielholtz has won titles in several kickboxing promotions, racking up a record of 18-2 in addition to her Bellator belt. As an MMA fighter, she’s 2-1 with a pair of armbar submissions, so a ground fight can’t be ruled out when they meet tonight on the event’s Paramount-televised main card.

“Hey, if I wants to take it to the ground, or she want to take it to the ground, I showed in my last fight that I’m well-rounded,” Arteaga said. “I’m looking to show that.”

Arteaga, 30, has gotten herself out of some tough grappling situations and even thrived against opponents known for their abilities on the mat. In July, she outpointed Emily Ducote, a well-rounded veteran with a wealth of high-level experience in Bellator.

When the Viacom-owned promotion offered a fight with Kielholtz in Boise, Arteaga jumped at the opportunity to fight in her home town.

“I’m so excited that I don’t have to travel,” she said. “That’s one less thing I have to worry about.”

Although fighting at home comes with extra stress for many fighters, Arteaga is excited to show off in front of her friends and family.

“I said that 2018 was my year, and I really believe that,” she said. “So far I’ve had a good start. I fought Emily, and had a great performance. And so, I feel if I just go with this momentum and take one fight at a time, I’ll eventually get a title shot.”

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