On Friday, March 3, Bellator MMA will host its 174th event from the WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Okla.
In the night’s main event, the promotion will crown its inaugural women’s featherweight champion as former Strikeforce titleholder Marloes Coenen takes on Canada’s Julia Budd.
The 35-year-old Coenen is one of the sport’s pioneers, having competed since 2000. Along the way, she’s faced some of the sport’s biggest names, including former Strikeforce and UFC champion Miesha Tate and current Invicta FC champion Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino. The Dutchwoman will be looking to bounce back from a shocking upset loss to UFC veteran Alexis Dufresne in a catchweight bout last May.
Like Coenen, Budd is also a veteran of Strikeforce and Invicta FC. She enters the title match-up having won seven straight, including three in a row inside the Bellator cage. Budd’s only career losses have come against former UFC champion Ronda Rousey and current UFC titleholder Amanda Nunes.
The action kicks off Friday with a live preliminary card stream above at 7 p.m. ET. The night’s main card airs on Spike TV beginning at 9 p.m. ET.
Marloes Coenen vs. Julia Budd – for inaugural women’s featherweight title
Fernando Gonzalez vs. Brandon Girtz
Roman Pizzolato vs. Justin Wren
Charles Hackmann vs. Rafael Lovato, Jr.
Emmanuel Rivera vs. Treston Thomison
Alexis Dufresne vs. Gabrielle Holloway
Jonathan Gary vs. Cody Pfister
Katy Collins vs. Emily Ducote
Justin Patterson vs. Jason Witt
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