Bellator 202 results: Julia Budd dominates Talita Nogueira, knocks her out in the third-round to retain featherweight title

Friday night in the Bellator 202 main event, Julia Budd defeated Talita Nogueira via third-round TKO to retain her featherweight title.

Budd is considered one of the best featherweight fighters in the world.

Budd improves her record to 12-2-0. The 35-year-old put on a dominant performance – successfully using a combination of her wrestling, clinch work and powerful striking to wear Nogueira down. ‘The Jewel’ is now on an impressive ten-fight win streak. She captured the Bellator featherweight title at the Bellator 174 event in March 2013, knocking out Marloes Coenen in the fourth-round, she went on to defend it last December against Arlene Blencowe.

Nogueira suffers the first loss of her professional MMA career, dropping to 7-1-0. The Brazilian is a black belt in BJJ and is a multiple-time world champion in the respective sport.

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Bellator 202 took place on Friday July 13 from the WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States. The main card headlined by Budd vs. Nogueira was aired live on Paramount Network from 9pm EST.



  1. the end was good, budd thigh kicking talita, then a fist to jaw.
    otherwise it was a dull fight, after 2mins i watched on 1.25x speed.

    1. Yeah, the first round was torture and I was fearing a repeat of Julia’s fight with Arlene. However, Julia seemed to pick up speed, and more importantly confidence, in the second round and fought a perfect fight for her. Alas, I’m not a huge fan of the clinch, even though it can be effective, and much preferred the Prelim fight with Veta and Emily.

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