Julia Budd plans to fight another year in PFL with 'super exciting’ possible Bellator integration

Julia Budd left her mark inside the Bellator cage.

The current Professional Fighters League (PFL) featherweight contender spent six years in Bellator, where she made history as the first women’s champion at 145 pounds. Prior to meeting Kris “Cyborg” Justino in January 2020, Bud did everything he could in Bellator, defeating all comers and defending his title three times.



Canadian Budd, 40, made his PFL debut in October 2021 and has fought four times since then. She won’t go on forever, though. In recent months, rumors have run rampant about Bellator’s future, leading many to believe the PFL will absorb it. As for the featherweight legend, even if he made it from mixed martial arts (MMA), Bud couldn’t last another year.

„Not long,” Bud said MMA Mania The rest of her time in MMA. „Obviously, God willing, I’m feeling good, but I wanted this fight to happen before I retire. I think it should have happened right when I got to the PFL. It’s a fight that should have happened, I should fight next year. Hopefully I’ll be in the season, Then hang up the gloves.

„At the same time, things change and all I know is that I’m 100 percent into this fight, it’s one of the fights I want before the end of my career,” he added. “I fought against everyone, I want to make sure of all the challenges, that is my story.

„I think it’s going to be a lot of fun, and that’s what I’m envisioning in my mind,” Budd concluded of Bellator. “Some of the fights I haven’t fought in Bellator, I’m like, ‘Oh my God, this is going to be awesome.’ So much excitement. [it]. That’s where I am now (laughs).

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As former champion Budd made her jump between promotions, the obvious matchup was with former two-time lightweight champion Kayla Harrison. After dropping the title to Larissa Pacheco last year (Nov. 25, 2022), Harrison will be looking for a comeback win against Butt at the 2023 PFL Championship on Nov. 25, 2023 in Washington, DC.

Originally booked for July 2022, „The Jewel” is happy the fight is happening.

„Overall feelings, I’m really excited,” Budd said. „I’m focused, obviously, on improving myself, being dangerous all around. I think she lost last year, it was a close fight, but I think it lit a new fire under her and she can — I don’t know how that affected her. Don’t really know her, but you know what I mean.

„She was 15-0 before that and I’m looking forward to testing my skills against her strengths and weaknesses,” he concluded.


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