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Bellator 189: Julia Budd to defend against Arlene Blencowe

Canadian Bellator women’s featherweight champion Julia Budd (10-2-0) will put her strap on the line in a rematch against Australian Arlene Blencowe (10-6-0) at Thackerville, Oklahoma’s Bellator 189.

Budd, 34, took a majority decision in the first encounter at Bellator 162 in October 2016 en route to becoming Bellator’s first featherweight champion with a TKO stoppage over Marloes Coenen at Bellator 174 in March. She hasn’t lost since being stopped by Ronda Rousey in 2011, a span of eight contests.

Blencowe, 34, is on a three-fight win streak, eking a split-decision over Sinead Kavanagh in her last bout.

The co-main event consists of middleweights Chris Honeycutt (10-1-0) taking on unbeaten Rafael Lovato Jr. (6-0-0).

The event will be broadcast Dec. 1 from the Winstar Casino and Resort on SPIKE TV starting at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT with preliminary fights being streamed on

More bouts are expected to be announced.


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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