Bellator MMA featherweight champ Julia Budd is very confident leading into her title defense against Cris Cyborg in the main event of this Saturday’s Bellator 238 event.
Budd (13-2-0) is the +275 underdog leading into the fight and is being overlooked by the majority of fans.
The dominant champ, who has been undefeated for nearly a decade, spoke about the upcoming fight during a recent chat with Yahoo Sports. The 36-year-old isn’t phased by the odds and is ‘excited’ to prove a point to people on Saturday.
“This is the perfect point of my career for this fight to happen,” Budd said. “I feel so excited about it. Everyone knows what kind of fighter [Cyborg] is, but everything has fallen into place for me. I’ve got all the tools I need to win this fight. I’m well-rounded and I’m not just a kickboxer jumping into the cage in MMA.
“This is coming at the right time for me. Fighting those women, those experiences I gained, they made me into the fighter I am today. I think it worked out perfectly for me.”
Also known as ‘The Jewel’, Budd says she is ‘sick and tired’ of being overlooked and plans to play spoiler to the ‘big plans’ Bellator has for Cris Cyborg.
“I don’t have as many knockouts as her, but I’m more of a technician,” she said. “I have been in there with so many great [strikers] that I’m not going to be intimidated. A lot of girls melt or are broken before they even get into the cage with her.
“To be honest with you, I’m sick and tired of being on the back burner. This is my time and this is my title and it’s my division. I know she and Coker have a great relationship, a special relationship, and there has been all this talk of the big plans they have for her in Bellator. That’s fine. But you know what? I’m ready to go out there and put the best performance of my career on and awaken some people who don’t really know me and think she’s just going to come in and walk right through me.”
‘Bellator 238: Budd vs. Cyborg’ takes place this Saturday January 25, 2020, from The Forum in Inglewood, California, United States. The main card will be aired live on DAZN from 10pm EST.