Bellator 174 takes place this Friday March 3rd and will be headlined by a featherweight title fight pitting the number two featherweight contender in the world, Marloes Coenen, against the number three, Julia Budd.
Ahead of the bout the Jimmy Smith preview for this Friday’s featherweight title clash has been released. (Scroll down to watch).
Coenen (23-7-0) is known for being Cris Cyborg’s toughest test to date. She has fought the Brazilian on two occasions, losing via TKO in the third and fourth rounds. She is one of the few women to take the pound-for-pound best female fighter to the third round, and the only to take her to the fourth. She is a veteran of the sport who has been competing as a professional for 17 years. She has victories over huge names in the sport including Sarah Kaufman, Liz Carmouche, Arlene Blencowe and many more.
Budd (9-2-0) is a powerful featherweight who has not yet fought Cris Cyborg. She is on an impressive seven fight win streak, which includes dominant victories over Arlene Blencowe, Gabrielle Holloway and Charmaine Tweet. She has a notable 2011 unanimous decision victory over UFC featherweight champion Germaine de Randamie.
Check out Bellator commentator Jimmy Smith’s preview for the fight: