Julia Budd

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Julia Budd
Born (1983-07-04) July 4, 1983 (age 36)
Roberts Creek, British Columbia, Canada
Other namesThe Jewel
Height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight145 lb (66 kg)
Reach70 in (178 cm)
StyleMuay Thai, Kickboxing, Pankration, Dutch kickboxing,
Fighting out ofPort Moody, British Columbia, Canada
TeamGibson Kickboxing & Pankration
TrainerLance Gibson
Years active2010–present (MMA)
Kickboxing record
By knockout4
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout6
By submission1
By decision6
By knockout2
By submission1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: January 1, 2014 (2014-01-01)

Julia Olivia Budd (born July 4, 1983) is a Canadian kickboxer and mixed martial artist. She has fought in MMA promotions Strikeforce and Invicta Fighting Championships. She is the former Bellator Women's Featherweight world champion.

Budd is currently the #3-ranked 145-pound female MMA fighter in the world according to the Unified Women's MMA Rankings.[1]

Martial arts training[edit]

Budd practiced Muay Thai for many years and later became the only woman to defeat American Gina Carano in Muay Thai competition. Her second and final loss in the ring came by Germaine de Randamie, after which Budd made the move to MMA. Her Muay Thai record is 10–2. She began training in MMA at the end of 2008 and avenged her loss to de Randamie when she defeated her via unanimous decision in a 2011 MMA bout.

Budd trains at the Gibson Kickboxing & Pankration Academy.[2]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Budd made her MMA debut on October 22, 2010 (2010-10-22) at Strikeforce Challengers 11, defeating Shana Nelson via TKO in the second round.[3]

In her second fight for the promotion, Budd was knocked out in 14 seconds by Amanda Nunes at Strikeforce Challengers 13 on January 7, 2011 (2011-01-07).[4]

On June 24, 2011 (2011-06-24), Budd faced Germaine de Randamie in a rematch under MMA rules at Strikeforce Challengers 16.[5] She defeated de Randamie via unanimous decision.[6]

Budd's final fight for Strikeforce came on November 18, 2011 (2011-11-18) when she was submitted by Ronda Rousey at Strikeforce Challengers 20.[7]

Invicta Fighting Championships[edit]

In 2012, Budd signed with Invicta Fighting Championships and faced Swedish fighter Elina Nilsson at Invicta FC 2: Baszler vs. McMann on July 28, 2012 (2012-07-28).[8] She defeated Nilsson via TKO in the first round.[9]

Budd returned to Invicta FC on October 6, 2012 (2012-10-06) at Invicta FC 3: Penne vs. Sugiyama. She was originally scheduled to face Elaina Maxwell, but Maxwell sustained a concussion in training and Budd instead faced Danielle West.[10] She defeated West via TKO in the first round.[11]

Budd was scheduled to face Ediane Gomes at Invicta FC 5: Penne vs. Waterson on April 5, 2013 (2013-04-05).[12] However, on February 15, 2013 (2013-02-15), it was announced that Invicta FC had signed Cristiane Santos to face Gomes on the card and Budd was to face Australian Fiona Muxlow.[13] On March 19, 2013 (2013-03-19), Invicta FC announced that Gomes was injured and that Muxlow would now face Santos.[14] Budd remained on the card and instead faced Mollie Estes.[15] She won the fight via submission in the third round.[16][17]

Budd was again scheduled to face Ediane Gomes at Invicta FC 6: Coenen vs. Cyborg on July 13, 2013 (2013-07-13).[18] However, she suffered a neck injury and withdrew from the fight on June 26, 2013 (2013-06-26).[19]

On December 7, 2013 (2013-12-07), Budd faced Charmaine Tweet at Invicta FC 7.[20][21] She won the fight via unanimous decision.

Bellator MMA[edit]

In August 2014, Budd signed with Bellator.[22]

Budd was expected to make her promotional debut at Bellator 133 on February 13, 2015 versus Talita Nogueira.[23] However, Nogueira pulled out of the fight due to a knee injury, so Budd instead faced Gabrielle Holloway.[24] She won the fight via unanimous decision.

Budd was set to face former Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Champion Marloes Coenen for the inaugural Bellator Woman's Featherweight Championship at Bellator 155, however Budd got injured and was replaced by Alexis Dufresne in a non-title fight bout.[25]

Budd faced Arlene Blencowe at Bellator 162 on October 21, 2016. She won the fight by majority decision.

Budd faced Marloes Coenen for Bellator's inaugural women's featherweight championship at Bellator 174 on March 3, 2017. She stopped the veteran Coenen in the fourth round via strikes after securing the full mount position.[26]

In her first title defense, Budd faced Arlene Blencowe in a rematch on December 1, 2017 at Bellator 189.[27] She won the fight by split decision.

In her second title defense, Budd faced Talita Nogueira on July 13, 2018 at Bellator 202. She won the fight and successfully defended her title via TKO in the third round.[28]

In April 2019, news surfaced that Budd had signed a new, four-fight contract with Bellator.[29][30]

In her fourth title defense, Budd faced Cris Cyborg on January 25, 2020 at Bellator 238 in Inglewood, California.[31] She lost the fight via technical knockout in round four.[32]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Kickboxing record[edit]

Kickboxing record

Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw/No contest   Notes

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
16 matches 13 wins 3 losses
By knockout 6 2
By submission 1 1
By decision 6 0
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 13–3 Cris Cyborg TKO (punches) Bellator 238 January 25, 2020 4 1:14 Inglewood, California, United States Lost the Bellator Women's Featherweight World Championship.
Win 13–2 Olga Rubin TKO (body kick and punches) Bellator 224 July 12, 2019 1 2:14 Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States Defended the Bellator Women's Featherweight World Championship.
Win 12–2 Talita Nogueira TKO (punches) Bellator 202 July 13, 2018 3 4:07 Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States Defended the Bellator Women's Featherweight World Championship.
Win 11–2 Arlene Blencowe Decision (split) Bellator 189 December 1, 2017 5 5:00 Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States Defended the Bellator Women's Featherweight World Championship.
Win 10–2 Marloes Coenen TKO (punches) Bellator 174 March 3, 2017 4 2:42 Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States Won the inaugural Bellator Women's Featherweight World Championship.
Win 9–2 Arlene Blencowe Decision (majority) Bellator 162 October 21, 2016 3 5:00 Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Win 8–2 Roberta Rovel Decision (unanimous) Bellator 146 November 20, 2015 3 5:00 Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States
Win 7–2 Gabrielle Holloway Decision (unanimous) Bellator 133 February 13, 2015 3 5:00 Fresno, California, United States
Win 6–2 Charmaine Tweet Decision (unanimous) Invicta FC: Honchak vs. Smith December 7, 2013 3 5:00 Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Win 5–2 Mollie Estes Submission (rear-naked choke) Invicta FC: Penne vs. Waterson April 5, 2013 3 1:04 Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Win 4–2 Danielle West TKO (elbows and punches) Invicta FC: Penne vs. Sugiyama October 6, 2012 1 2:32 Kansas City, Kansas, United States
Win 3–2 Elina Nilsson TKO (punches and elbows) Invicta FC: Baszler vs. McMann July 28, 2012 1 3:49 Kansas City, Kansas, United States
Loss 2–2 Ronda Rousey Submission (armbar) Strikeforce Challengers: Britt vs. Sayers November 18, 2011 1 0:39 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 2–1 Germaine de Randamie Decision (unanimous) Strikeforce Challengers: Fodor vs. Terry June 24, 2011 3 5:00 Kent, Washington, United States
Loss 1–1 Amanda Nunes KO (punches) Strikeforce Challengers: Woodley vs. Saffiedine January 7, 2011 1 0:14 Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Win 1–0 Shana Nelson TKO (punches) Strikeforce Challengers: Bowling vs. Voelker October 22, 2010 2 2:51 Fresno, California, United States

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Unified Women's Mixed Martial Arts Rankings". Canada: MMARising.com. 2014-01-01. Retrieved 2014-01-01.
  2. ^ Sargent, Robert (2012-10-18). "Julia Budd Hopes To Build Invicta FC Brand, Wants Title At 145". Articles. Canada: MMARising.com. Retrieved 2013-02-01.
  3. ^ MMAjunkie.com Staff (2010-10-22). "Strikeforce Challengers 11 recap: Bobby Voelker stops Roger Bowling in second". News. United States: MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-02-01.
  4. ^ Stupp, Dann (2011-01-08). "Strikeforce Challengers 13 recap: Woodley tops Saffiedine, St. Preux wins again". News. United States: MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-02-01.
  5. ^ Sargent, Robert (2011-05-11). "Julia Budd To Face Germaine De Randamie On June 24th". News. Canada: MMARising.com. Retrieved 2013-02-01.
  6. ^ Stupp, Dann; Sargent, Robert (2011-06-25). "Strikeforce Challengers 16 results: Fodor edges Terry, Ricehouse plays spoiler". News. United States: MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-02-01.
  7. ^ Sargent, Robert (2011-11-18). "Ronda Rousey Submits Julia Budd, Plans Drop To 135". Articles. Canada: MMARising.com. Retrieved 2013-02-01.
  8. ^ Sargent, Robert (2012-05-29). "Honchak vs Marshall, Budd vs Nilsson Set For Invicta FC 2". News. Canada: MMARising.com. Retrieved 2013-02-01.
  9. ^ Sargent, Robert (2012-07-29). "Invicta FC 2 Results: McMann, Davis & Carmouche Victorious". Articles. Canada: MMARising.com. Retrieved 2013-02-01.
  10. ^ Sargent, Robert (2012-09-28). "Maxwell Out, Danielle West To Face Julia Budd At Invicta FC 3". News. Canada: MMARising.com. Retrieved 2013-02-01.
  11. ^ Sargent, Robert (2012-10-06). "Invicta FC 3 Results: Jessica Penne Captures Atomweight Title". Articles. Canada: MMARising.com. Retrieved 2013-02-01.
  12. ^ Sargent, Robert (2013-02-08). "Julia Budd Set To Take On Ediane Gomes At Invicta FC 5". News. Canada: MMARising.com. Retrieved 2013-02-08.
  13. ^ "CRIS CYBORG SIGNS MULTI-FIGHT DEAL WITH INVICTA FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIPS". News. United States: InvictaFC.com. 2013-02-15. Archived from the original on 2013-02-19. Retrieved 2013-02-20.
  14. ^ Marrocco, Steven (2013-03-19). "Sources: Ediane Gomes injured, Invicta FC 5 fight with 'Cyborg' off". News. United States: MMAjunkie.com. Archived from the original on 2013-03-22. Retrieved 2013-03-20.
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  16. ^ Breen, Jordan (2013-04-05). "'Cyborg' Savages Muxlow, 'Karate Hottie' Crowned Via Dramatic Submission at Invicta FC 5". News. United States: Sherdog.com. Retrieved 2013-04-12.
  17. ^ Sargent, Robert (2013-04-06). "Invicta FC 5 Results: Michelle Waterson, Barb Honchak Win Titles". Articles. Canada: MMARising.com. Retrieved 2013-04-12.
  18. ^ Cotterill, Andy (2013-04-20). "Julia Budd Draws Ediane Gomes At Invicta 6". News. Canada: MM-EH.ca. Retrieved 2013-04-20.
  19. ^ Sargent, Robert (2013-06-26). "Budd Out, Charmaine Tweet Faces Ediane Gomes At Invicta FC 6". News. Canada: MMARising.com. Retrieved 2013-06-26.
  20. ^ "INVICTA FC 7 COMING TO KANSAS CITY ON DECEMBER 7TH". News. United States: InvictaFC.com. 2013-10-11. Retrieved 2013-10-17.
  21. ^ Sargent, Robert (2013-10-11). "Invicta FC 7 Adds Budd-Tweet, Kobold-Evinger, Holland-Ansaroff". News. Canada: MMARising.com. Retrieved 2013-10-17.
  22. ^ Dave Meltzer (August 14, 2014). "Bellator signs Marloes Coenen, Julia Budd to open women's 145-pound division". mmafighting.com. Retrieved October 1, 2014.
  23. ^ MMAjunkie Staff (December 15, 2014). "Bellator 133 adds Pat Curran vs. Daniel Weichel, Julia Budd vs. Talita Nogueira". mmajunkie.com.
  24. ^ "Gabrielle Holloway replaces injured Talita Nogueira vs. Julia Budd at Bellator 133". mmafighting.com. February 3, 2015.
  25. ^ "Marloes Coenen and Julia Budd fight for featherweight title at Bellator 155". MMAJunkie.com Staff. April 1, 2016.
  26. ^ Staff (March 3, 2017). "Bellator 174 results: Julia Budd wins featherweight title vs. Marloes Coenen, who retires". mmajunkie.com.
  27. ^ Jed Meshew (December 2, 2017). "Bellator 189 Results: Budd vs. Blencowe". mmafighting.com.
  28. ^ Jay Anderson (July 13, 2018). "Bellator 202 Results: Julia Budd Overcomes Slow Start, Overwhelms Talita Nogueira". cagesidepress.com.
  29. ^ Mike Bohn (April 25, 2019). "Bellator champ Julia Budd signs new long-term deal". mmajunkie.com.
  30. ^ Natalie Zamudio (June 28, 2019). "Julia Budd Believes Bellator Has the Best Female Featherweights in the World". sherdog.com.
  31. ^ Marrocco, Steven (2019-09-27). "As expected, Bellator books Cris Cyborg versus champ Julia Budd". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2019-09-28.
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