Julia Budd will compete in one of the biggest fights of her career to date at the Bellator 238 event on January 25 when she attempts to defend her featherweight title against Cris Cyborg.
Budd (13-2-0) won the title back in 2017 after picking up the fourth-round TKO win over Marloes Coenen. She has since gone on to successfully defend the belt against Arlene Blencowe, Talita Nogueira and Olga Rubin. On January 25, ‘The Jewel’ faces the toughest fight of her title reign yet.
“It does feel different,” Budd told MMA Junkie. “It feels different because of who she is, who she’s been in the 145-pound division, which I feel like is my division and I feel like I’ve got to go out there and make a statement. It’s been extra motivation this whole camp and I’m just excited to go out there and defend my belt.”
“I prepare for every opponent like they’re going to be the toughest opponent I’m getting into the cage with,” Budd said. “I’m preparing for the very best Cris Cyborg. I’ve watched all her fights, all the good ones, I watched the Amanda Nunes fight. I’ve watched everything her whole career because I’ve known about her my whole career. I’ve always known we’d face each other, but this is just the perfect time.”
If Budd is victorious, she will cement her position as one of the top-two women’s featherweight fighters in the world, alongside UFC featherweight champion, Amanda Nunes.
“I never look past (anyone), so this is it for me,” Budd said. “This is everything. I’m imagining that this is just everything, so I put all my eggs in one basket. This preparation, mentally, physically, emotionally – it’s just been so good the last few months. So I’m not looking past this. This is it. That’s how I look at every fight.”
Bellator 238 takes place on January 25, 2020, from The Forum in Inglewood, California, United States. The main card featuring Budd vs. Cyborg will be aired live on DAZN from 10pm EST.