Canadian Julia (The Jewel) Budd, a former Bellator champion, signed with the Professional Fighters League. Budd (15-3-0) will make his debut in the promotion against US lightweight Kaitlyn (The Striking Viking) Young on October 10.
Canadian Julia (The Jewel) Budd, a former Bellator champion, signed with the Professional Fighters League.
Budd (15-3-0) will make his debut in the promotion against US lightweight Kaitlyn (The Striking Viking) Young on October 27 on the PFL World Championship card at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida.
The 38-year-old from Port Moody, BC, just picked up a split decision victory over Brazil’s Dayana Silva at the Bellator 257 in April.
Budd lost his 145-pound Bellator title to Brazilian icon Cris Cyborg at Bellator 238 in January 2020, ending his 11-game winning streak. She bounced back in August 2020 at the Bellator 244, winning a unanimous decision over American Jessy (The Widowmaker) Miele.
Budd was Bellator’s No.1 competitor at 145 pounds.
Young (12-11-1) just suffered a split decision loss to Mariana (The Razor) Morais in August. The 36-year-old had won five of the six wins previously.
The October 27 PFL card features championship fights in six weight classes. The Budd-Young fight is an untitled affair.
Unlike other mixed martial arts organizations, the PFL offers a regular season and playoffs. The last man or woman standing wins $ 1 million. Fighters are awarded points for each fight during the regular season, ranging from three points for a decision win to six for a first-round save.
Other Canadians in the PFL include welterweight Rory (The Red King) MacDonald and lightweight Olivier (The Canadian Gangster) Aubin-Mercier
This report by The Canadian Press was first published on September 29, 2021
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