Williams Returns With Title Shot In Mind
In-front of friends, family and the world, Kristina Williams returns to action on July 12th, as part of the main card at Bellator 224.
Williams, who was prolific to start her career, fighting four time in eighteen months, has not stepped foot in the cage since Bellator 210, when she would take a decision against Bruna Ellen.
“I feel the time [off] has been really good and productive, Williams told FIGHT SPORTS about the longest she’s been away from the Bellator cage since signing in 2017. “I think I will be a lot sharper coming out than even in my last fight.”
“Its always easier to fight at home,” the Oklahoma native said due to the lack of travel she needs to do for fight week.
“It could be a little bit more pressure just cause all of my friends and family are there, but I think it evens itself out with all the support that I have.”
For the second time in her career, Williams will have to stand across from a more experienced fighter in Velasquez, who has fought double the fights the Oklahoma native has been in.
The first was a Bellator 201 loss to Valerie Letourneau, where Williams would go the distance, but lose on all three score cards.
“I think I learned a lot from my fight with Valerie, and just evolved a lot as a fighter since then,” Williams said of her only pro loss.
“I definitely could have won that fight now,” Williams continued.
“I get a lot of drive out of my opponents being really good, like Juliana. It motivates me to train harder and it gives me courage in the ring to fight someone that tough.”
Looking at what’s next, Williams views this fight as a title eliminator at the flyweight division, as she hopes her next fight this year is against flyweight champion Ilima-Lei Macfarlane.
“I definitely can’t think of anybody in the division right now aside from Juliana and I,” Williams said of the two flyweights.
Williams-Velasquez act as a main card fight for Bellator 224 from the Winstar Casino and resort in Thackerville, Oklahoma.
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For the full Bellator 224 card. look below.
Bellator 224: Budd vs. Rubin Main Card:
Women’s Featherweight World Title Main Event: Julia Budd (12-2) vs. Olga Rubin (6-0)
Middleweight Co-Main Event: Rafael Carvalho (15-3) vs. Chidi Njokuani (18-6, 1 NC)
Women’s Flyweight Main Card Bout: Juliana Velasquez (8-0) vs. Kristina Williams (3-1)
Welterweight Main Card Bout: Ed Ruth (6-1) vs. Kiichi Kunimoto (20-7-2, 1 NC)
Light Heavyweight Preliminary Bout: Christian Edwards (Pro Debut) vs. Justin Vargas (3-1)
Lightweight Preliminary Bout: AJ Agazarm (0-1) vs. Jacob Landin (0-1)
190-Pound Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Will Fleury (5-1) vs. Antonio Jones (7-2)
Lightweight Preliminary Bout: Nainoa Dung (2-0) vs. Brad Robison (3-0)
Light Heavyweight Preliminary Bout: Jordan Young (10-0) vs. Joel Bauman (3-0)
Women’s Featherweight Preliminary Bout: Leslie Smith (10-7-1) vs. Sinead Kavanagh (5-3)
Featherweight Preliminary Bout: Gabriel Varga (Pro Debut) vs. Jamese Taylor (Pro Debut)
165-Pound Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Kiefer Crosbie (6-0) vs. Mike Jackson (12-12)
Welterweight Preliminary Bout: Kona Oliveira (1-1) vs. Joseph Holmes (0-1)
Women’s Flyweight Preliminary Bout: Bruna Ellen (4-2) vs. Elina Kallionidou (7-2)
Women’s Featherweight Preliminary Bout: Arlene Blencowe (11-7) vs. Amanda Bell (6-5)
Featherweight Preliminary Bout: Lucas Brennan (Pro Debut) vs. Thomas Lopez (1-4)