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