Budd: Me & Coenen Will Hype Women’s 145
Julia Budd is considered one of the best female featherweight competitors in the world today. And at Bellator 174, she will have the opportunity to become the first Bellator women’s featherweight champion when she meets Marloes Coenen.
While Budd aims to leave the cage victorious, she also looks for her bout with Coenen to bring some excitement to the women’s featherweight division.
"I feel like Bellator is still growing, but I think this title fight between me and Marloes is just going to bring more excitement and energy to the division," Budd told MMA Junkie. "We’ve been around in the division for longer. Hopefully, the other 145-pound fight is an exciting fight."
While Budd has only had three fights in Bellator since her promotional debut in February 2015, Budd has shown dominance and capability to be the face of the division. It certainly has been a long journey for her, starting with Strikeforce and then moving to Invicta FC before coming to Bellator.
In fact, three of Budd’s first opponents went on to become big names in women’s MMA — Amanda Nunes, Germaine de Randamie and Ronda Rousey.
"I feel like I’m finding my stride every time I get in there and fight," Budd said. "It’s just constantly learning. I feel like there’s so much improvement that I’ve done between every camp. It’s never that I’ve found my stride, but I’m confident in me being a complete mixed martial artist. That’s what I found in Invicta and continued into Bellator."
Budd has also been very critical of the UFC and its president, Dana White, in the past. After White’s comments about there not being enough 145-pound fighters for a women’s featherweight division were brought to light, Budd stated Bellator is the place to be for those in that division.
Now, Budd has the opportunity to become the first champion of Bellator’s division. But first, she needs to get by Coenen.
"To be fighting her, when we first signed with Bellator, that was the goal," Budd said. "I feel like I’m very familiar with her from watching her so much and preparing for her."