Bellator featherweight champion Julia Budd is hoping her next challenger will be Conor McGregor’s close friend and training partner, Sinead Kavanagh.
Budd (12-2) successfully retained her featherweight title in the main event of Bellator 202 on Friday night, knocking out Talita Nogueira in the third-round to keep hold of the belt. Following the big victory she took to the microphone and called out Kavanagh as the single person she’d like to fight next.
Kavanagh (5-2) is coming off an impressive first-round knockout victory over Maria Casanova at the Bellator 187 event last November. The SBG Ireland standout has never been finished in her MMA career and has won three of her five professional victories by way of knockouts. Her most recent loss was a controversial split decision to Arlene Blencowe almost a year ago at the Bellator 182 event. It should be noted that Blencowe herself is one of Budd’s toughest opponents to date and took her to a split decision last December.
“The Jewel” Julia Budd clearly believes Kavanagh is most deserving of the next shot and seems keen to fight again as soon as possible. Friday night’s dominant performance against Nogueira marks Budd’s second successful title defense. She won the belt in March of 2017, knocking out Marloes Coenen in the main event of Bellator 174.
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