Julia Budd (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)

Bellator 224 Results: Budd Destroys Rubin, Retains Featherweight Title

On Friday, July 12, Bellator MMA hosted its 224th event from the WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Okla.

In the night’s main event, women’s featherweight champion Julia Budd put her belt on the line against undefeated Russian Olga Rubin. After opening her career at just 2-2, Canada’s Budd had reeled off 10 straight wins, including three straight title victories in the Bellator cage. The 29-year-old Rubin made her pro debut at Bellator 164 in 2016 and had accumulated six victories since to earn a shot at gold.

The action kicked off at 6:30 p.m. ET on the Bellator app. The main card was simulcast on DAZN and the Paramount Network at 9 p.m. ET.


Julia Budd def. Olga Rubin by TKO (punches). Round 1, 2:14 – for women’s featherweight title
Rafael Carvalho def. Chidi Njokuani by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Juliana Velasquez def. Kristina Williams by TKO (punches). Round 2, 4:03
Ed Ruth def. Kiichi Kunimoto by TKO (punches). Round 2, 3:49
Nainoa Dung def. Brad Robison by unanimous decision (28-27 x3)
Gabriel Varga def. Jamese Taylor by TKO (strikes). Round 2, 3:23
Mike Jackson def. Kiefer Crosbie by disqualification (illegal knee). Round 1
Leslie Smith def. Sinead Kavanagh by majority decision (28-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Jordan Young def. Joel Bauman by submission (triangle choke). Round 1, 3:20
Arlene Blencowe def. Amanda Bell by knockout (punches). Round 1, 0:22
Will Fleury def. Antonio Jones by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
A.J. Agazarm def. Jacob Landin by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 1, 4:21
Christian Edwards def. Justin Vargas by TKO (strikes). Round 1, 0:54
Lucas Brennan def. Thomas Lopez by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 1, 3:02
Bruna Ellen def. Elina Kallionidou by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Joseph Holmes def. Kona Oliveira by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 2, 2:41