Bellator 238 Live Results
The only women’s featherweight champion Bellator has known meets one of the best women’s featherweights in history, as both fighters look to extend their legacies in the main event of Bellator 238.
The headline bout sees Julia Budd defend the Bellator women’s featherweight championship against Cris Cyborg.
Budd has competed in major MMA promotions since her 2010 professional debut, competing Strikeforce, Invicta and Bellator. In fact, Budd has only lost two of her 15 MMA fights thus far — against current UFC champ-champ Amanda Nunes and Hall of Famer Ronda Rousey — and holds a win over inaugural UFC women’s featherweight champ Germaine de Randamie.
Budd, winner of 11 straight, became the inaugural Bellator female 145-pound champion with a fourth-round TKO of Marloes Coenen at Bellator 174. She has successfully defended the title against Arlene Blencowe, Talita Nogueira and Olga Rubin.
This fight marks Cyborg’s first bout in Bellator following her parting ways with the UFC. With a win, she will become the first fighter in modern MMA to win championships in four major MMA promotions, having held women’s featherweight gold in Strikeforce, Invicta and the UFC previously.
Cyborg won the UFC women’s featherweight title at UFC 214 against Tonya Evinger and had successful defenses against Holly Holm and Yana Kunitskaya before losing it to Amanda Nunes at UFC 232 — Cyborg’s first loss since dropping her 2005 pro debut. She most recently defeated Felicia Spencer at UFC 240.
The co-main event will see a quarterfinal bout in the Bellator Featherweight Grand Prix as former bantamweight champion Darrion Caldwell meets the undefeated Adam Borics. Caldwell won his tournament opening-round bout against Henry Corrales at Bellator 228 in September, while Borics won his first-round bout earlier that month at Bellator 226, knocking out former featherweight champ Pat Curran.
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Main card (DAZN, 10 p.m. ET)
Bellator women’s featherweight championship: (c.) Julia Budd vs. Cris Cyborg
Bellator Featherweight Grand Prix quarterfinal: Darrion Caldwell def. Adam Borics via submission (rear-naked choke) (Rd. 1, 2:20)
Juan Archuleta def. Henry Corrales via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Sergio Pettis def. Alfred Khashakyan via submission (guillotine choke) (Rd. 1, 3:00)
Raymond Daniels def. Jason King via TKO (Rd. 1, 3:07)
Emilee King def. Ava Knight via submission (rear-naked choke) (Rd. 1, 2:18)