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.
“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.
— Bellator MMA (@BellatorMMA) December 2, 2017