Bellator 189 results: Julia Budd is still the featherweight champion, defeats Arlene Blencowe via split decision

Friday night at the Bellator 189 event, Julia Budd defeated Arlene Blencowe via split decision to retain her featherweight world title. Two judges scored the fight 49-46 for Budd, whilst one scored it 47-48 for Blencowe.

Budd improves her record to 11-2-0, successfully making the first defense of her Bellator MMA featherweight title. The 34-year-old Canadian won the belt this past March, knocking out Marloes Coenen in the fourth round. ‘The Jewel’ is on an incredible nine-fight win streak which includes wins over Gabby Holloway, Charmaine Tweet and Roberta Samad.

Blencowe drops to 10-7-0, losing her three-fight winning streak in the process. The Australian’s sole losses in her last eleven fights come to Budd and Marloes Coenen. “Angerfist” has made significant improvements to her MMA game since she first started as a professional, as evidenced by all her performances since 2013, including five knockouts and a submission.

WMMA Featherweight World Rankings

“Bellator 189: Budd vs. Blencowe 2” took place on Friday December 1 from the WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States. The main card headlined by the Bellator MMA featherweight title fight was aired live on Spike TV from 9pm EST.




  1. I have just gotten used to Julia Budd just being a fighter whose only arsenal is going for and getting takedowns, other than that she really doesn’t have anything much to offer. I thought Arlene Blencowe won even though the fight was pretty much Julia Budd looking for takedowns and trying to over power Arlene Blencowe and Arlene Blencowe doing a pretty good job of staying out of range of being bullied by Julia Budd and avoiding being taken down. Julia Budd is basically a bully fighter and that’s about it. Again I thought Arlene Blencowe did enough to pull off the victory, but those judges Bellator gets seem to be as shady as ever.

    1. And I had gotten used to Julia Budd being one of the most boring fighters in MMA when she shocked me with her finish of Marloes Coenen. Was this a new Julia Budd” I certainly hoped so and expected her to make quick work of Blencowe. No such luck, she has obviously reverted back to her old tentative smothering style. The header for the clip above is hilarious, “The battle for the women’s featherweight title is fierce.” How one can call those 3 seconds of action a fierce battle is beyond me. Both the Murphy/Honchak and Nicco/Roxie fights featured more action in each and every minute of their rounds than Julia and Arlene did in their entire fight. It looked like Julia and Arlene were either trying to break Holly & Bethe’s record of the two most boring rounds in WMMA or had made an agreement, “I won’t hurt you if you don’t hurt me,” prior to the fight. Despite the lack of action, I too thought Blencowe won the fight.

      1. I thought Arlene Blencowe won as well, but the judges scorecards in Bellator fights have a tendency to be somewhat shady, like Raphael Carvalho vs Melvin Manhoef 1, and Gleristone Santos vs Brent Primus. Julia Budd is strictly a bully MMA fighter and not much else. Arlene Blencowe fought smart enough to know all Julia Budd was going to do was charge in and get a takedown and do a whole lot of lay and pray. Julia Budd in Bellator has been just a boring fighter.

  2. Noah, it sure would be nice if you would follow Nick’s lead and not print the fight’s results in your emailed subject line. Many of us record the fights for later viewing. Thanks in advance.

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