Bellator is set to make history by crowning their first ever women’s featherweight champion.
Bellator has booked a featherweight title fight between Marloes Coenen vs Julian Budd for Bellator 174 according to reports by MMA Fighting. The two were originally set to meet in May at Bellator 155, but Budd was forced off the card due to injury. Instead Coenen would compete against Alexis Dufresne would shock many in the MMA community by submitting Coenen in the first round.
Coenen (23-7) is 6-4 in her last ten fights, but prior to her loss to Dufresne she had only lost to two women since 2010, Meisha Tate and Christiane “Cyborg” Justiano. Both women are considered to of the very best female competitors in the sports history. The former Strikeforce women’s champ was originally set to return to the cage in November, but was pulled from the card when her opponent Talita Nogueira failed to make weight.
If you thought Coenen’s resume was impressive Judd (9-2) hasn’t lost a fight since 2011 and is currently riding a seven fight win streak. Not to mention her only two loses in the sport come against arguably the greatest female fighter of all time Ronda Rousey and the UFC’s current bantamweight champion and the women who just TKO’d Rousey, Amanda Nunes.
The two women are set to headline Bellator 174 on March 3 in Thackerville, OK, at the WinStar World Casino and Resort. The event will air live on Spike TV.