Bellator to introduce women’s featherweight division

Bellator to introduce women’s featherweight division

Interim championships are all the rage right now in mixed martial arts. Max Holloway won the interim UFC featherweight championship at UFC 206. There are rumors galore of an interim UFC lightweight championship bout being in the works. Invicta FC announced an interim featherweight title fight. And who knows what else may be in the works on the interim front.

Another lane of championship matches are taking shape as well. Just a few weeks ago the UFC announced the main event for UFC 209, a fight between Holly Holm and Germaine de Radamie for the inaugural women’s featherweight title. Now Bellator is jumping into the fray.

Bellator to introduce women's featherweight division
Marloes Coenen

The promotion has just announced that Marloes Coenen will face Julia Budd for the inaugural women’s featherweight championship. Coenen (23-7) has been having a rough go of it as of late. She lost her last fight and was pulled from her next one after missing weight. But Holly Holm lost two in a row and is fighting for a title so who are we to judge.


Bellator to introduce women's featherweight division
Julia Budd

Budd (9-2) has won seven straight, having not lost since 2011 to Ronda Rousey (UFC 207 wasn’t that long ago so we had to find someway to connect to Ronda in all of this ;))

The fight will main event Bellator 174 on March 3rd and promises to be a big moment for the promotion.



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