Julia Budd’s the defense of the second title will be against dangerous Brazilian Talita Nogueira at Bellator 202! the Previously reported fight between Michael mcdonald and Eduardo Dantas takes on the duty of main co-event.
Bellator MMA the fighting confirmed Monday in a press release.
Julia Budd “The Jewel” (11-2) participates in the competition seeking to make the second defense of her women’s featherweight title. She beat an MMA veteran Marloes coenen to become the first female 145-pound champion in promotion history. A few months later, Budd made the title’s first defense in December 2017 by beating Arlene blencowe by narrow shared decision.
Winner of nine consecutive matches, the champion is best known for her struggle. However, the British Columbia native is the only person to defeat Gina Carano in muay-thai competition. Budd hasn’t lost since losing in 2011 on a streak Ronda Rousey in Strikeforce. This was after rebounding from a quick loss of TKO to Amanda Nunes beating Germaine de Randamie.
Talita “Treta” Nogueira (7-0) was a dreaded BJJ champion before becoming a hot prospect in the MMA world. She signed with Bellator MMA in 2015 after a dominant 6-0 run on the Brazilian regional scene.
After signing, Nogueira was actually planned to fight Julia budd in February 2015, but the fight was abandoned after Nogueira injured his knee. The knee injury kept her from playing for almost two years, where she lacked weight for her scheduled fight against Marloes coenen at Bellator 163. This fight was also dropped, but the chain of bad luck somehow continues for “Treta.”
She was finally doing well enough to debut at Bellator 183 in August 2017, but an injury to his opponent this time – Gabrielle Holloway – gave the impression that another fight was going to be abandoned for the Brazilian. Fortunately, Invicta FC veteran Amanda bell intensified. Talita Nogueira steamed it up and immediately became a very intriguing fight for anyone in the division.
Bellator 202 to take place on July 13, live from WinStar World Casino and Complex in Thackerville, Oklahoma.
The two main events are the only fights announced for the show at the time of writing, but expect more announcements in the coming weeks.
Women’s Featherweight Championship:
Julia Budd vs. Talita Nogueira
Bantamweight title eliminator:
Eduardo Dantas vs. Michael McDonald