Ahead of Bellator 189 title rematch, watch champ Julia Budd's first win over Arlene Blencowe

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(This story was originally published on Nov. 26, 2017.)

The women’s featherweight title is on the line in Bellator 189’s main event tonight in Oklahoma, and it’s a rematch.

Champion Julia Budd (10-2 MMA, 4-0 BMMA) puts her belt up against Arlene Blencowe (10-6 MMA, 3-2 BMMA) in the headliner at WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Okla. The main card airs on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie.

Budd won Bellator’s inaugural women’s featherweight title earlier this year when she stopped former Strikeforce champ Marloes Coenen with a fourth-round TKO at Bellator 174, which also took place in Thackerville.

Julia Budd

To get to that title shot, Canadian vet Budd won her first three Bellator fights after a 4-0 run with Invicta FC. And the third of those wins came at Bellator 162 nearly a year ago – a unanimous-decision win over Blencowe, who now challenges for her title.

Blencowe has gone 3-0 since that loss. The Australian picked up a pair of knockout wins in her home country and then took a split call from Sinead Kavanagh at Bellator 182 in August.

Ahead of the title fight rematch, check out their first meeting at Bellator 162 to get primed for the run-back. The full fight is available in the video above.

And for more on Bellator 189, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Ahead of their Bellator 189 title rematch, watch champ Julia Budd's first win over Arlene Blencowe

The women’s featherweight title is on the line in the Bellator 189 main event Friday night in Oklahoma, and it’s a rematch.

Champion Julia Budd (10-2 MMA, 4-0 BMMA) puts her belt up against Arlene Blencowe (10-6 MMA, 3-2 BMMA) in the headliner at WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Okla. The main card will air on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie.

Budd won Bellator’s inaugural women’s featherweight title earlier this year when she stopped former Strikeforce champ Marloes Coenen with a fourth-round TKO at Bellator 174, which also took place in Thackerville.

Julia Budd

To get to that title shot, Budd, from Canada, won her first three Bellator fights after a 4-0 run for Invicta FC. And the third of those wins came at Bellator 162 nearly a year ago – a unanimous decision win over Blencowe, who now will challenge for her title.

Blencowe, from Australia, has gone 3-0 since that loss. She picked up a pair of knockout wins in her native Australia, then took a split call from Sinead Kavanagh at Bellator 182 in August.

Ahead of the title fight rematch, check out their first meeting at Bellator 162 to get primed for the run-back. The full fight is available in the video above.

And for more on Bellator 189, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Ahead of Bellator 185's main event, watch Alexander Shlemenko take out Kendall Grove

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Former middleweight champion Alexander Shlemenko returns to Bellator this week with his sights set on a return to a title fight.

Shlemenko (56-9 MMA, 12-3 BMMA) takes on a big name at Bellator 185 on Saturday in Gegard Mousasi (42-6-2 MMA, 0-0 BMMA), who will be making his promotional debut after a 12-fight run in the UFC. Mousasi, a former Strikeforce champ, arguably represents one of the stiffest tests of Shlemenko’s career.

But before those two headline Bellator 185, take a look at Shlemenko’s most recent Bellator outing. He has six straight wins since losing the middleweight title in an upset to Brandon Halsey a little more than three years ago. And while only one has come under the Bellator banner (a knockout win over Melvin Manhoef in 2015 was overturned due to a positive drug test for Shlemenko), it was an impressive one.

At Bellator 162 a year ago this weekend, Shlemenko knocked out Kendall Grove in the second round. Check out that fight in full above ahead of Bellator 185, with Shlemenko vs. Mousasi in the main event, at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. The main card airs on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie.

And for more on Bellator 185, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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