This Friday’s Bellator 202 event will be headlined by a highly anticipated featherweight title fight between Julia Budd and Talita Nogueira.
Budd (11-2) is undefeated in her last nine fights, earning victories over the likes of Charmaine Tweet, Gabby Holloway, Arlene Blencowe and Roberta Samad. She won the Bellator featherweight title in March 2017 after knocking out Marloes Coenen in the fourth round of their Bellator 174 encounter. The 34-year-old went on to successfully defend the belt this past December, picking up a split decision over Australia’s Arlene Blencowe.
Nogueira (7-0) is a multiple-time BJJ world champion who made the transition to MMA in 2009. She has a 100% finish rate and has finished her last three fights by way of first-round armbar submissions. The 32-year-old made her Bellator MMA debut last August, making easy work of Amanda Bell.
Bellator 202 takes place this Friday July 13 from the WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States. The main card headlined by Budd vs. Nogueira will be aired live on Paramount Network from 9pm EST.