Ex-Bellator Champ Julia Budd Is A Free Agent, But She’s Eyeing UFC, PFL
Julia Budd, the ex-champion of Bellator’s women featherweight division, is a free agent for the first time in her career.
The 38-year-old fighter has been in the Bellator since 2015. She only suffered a loss in the promotion once. This sole loss is against Cris Cyborg, who some may label a living legend and one of the best women fighters in MMA history.
But following that loss, she earned two victories.
The last time she stepped into the octagon was Bellator 257. She defeated Dayana Silva via split decision.
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Now, four months later, she’s a free agent.
Budd said she was not in conflict with the current promotion. Budd didn’t say that she won’t be back in Bellator; she is thinking about going back there.
In an interview, she said that she is looking at her opportunities and alternatives, but it’s time for her to make a call.
The fighter noted she’s a four-time Bellator champion, and it is supposed to mean something.
“I deserve that sit down with Scott Coker and seeing what the next step for my career is there if that’s an opportunity,” she said. “It’s all of the above.”
In 2015, when she made her debut in the Bellator, there were not many female fighters, but today, the competition level is increasing. Fans might want to see UFC’s featherweight champion Amanda Nunes against Budd.
PFL is negotiating with the 38-year-old fighter too.