|Born||July 4, 1983|
Roberts Creek, British Columbia, Canada
|Other names||The Jewel|
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Weight||145 lb (66 kg)|
|Reach||70 in (178 cm)|
|Style||Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Pankration, Dutch kickboxing,|
|Fighting out of||Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada|
|Team||Gibson Kickboxing & Pankration|
|Years active||2010–present (MMA)|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
last updated on: January 1, 2014
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.
Martial arts training
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.
Mixed martial arts career
Budd made her MMA debut on October 22, 2010at Strikeforce Challengers 11, defeating Shana Nelson via TKO in the second round.
Invicta Fighting Championships
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 . She defeated Nilsson via TKO in the first round.
Budd returned to Invicta FC on October 6, 2012Invicta 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. She defeated West via TKO in the first round.at
Budd was scheduled to face Ediane Gomes at Invicta FC 5: Penne vs. Waterson on April 5, 2013 . However, on February 15, 2013 , it was announced that Invicta FC had signed Cristiane Santos to face Gomes on the card and Budd was to face Australian Fiona Muxlow. On March 19, 2013 , Invicta FC announced that Gomes was injured and that Muxlow would now face Santos. Budd remained on the card and instead faced Mollie Estes. She won the fight via submission in the third round.
In August 2014, Budd signed with Bellator.
Budd was expected to make her promotional debut at Bellator 133 on February 13, 2015 versus Talita Nogueira. However, Nogueira pulled out of the fight due to a knee injury, so Budd instead faced Gabrielle Holloway. 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.
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.
Championships and accomplishments
- Bellator MMA
- Bellator Women's Featherweight World Championship (One Time, First)
- Three successful title defenses
- Bellator Women's Featherweight World Championship (One Time, First)
10 wins (4 KOs), 2 losses, 0 draws
Legend: Win Loss Draw/No contest Notes
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|16 matches||13 wins||3 losses|
|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|
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