After successfully defending her title at Bellator 202, Julia Budd lacks self-confidence.
Budd (12-2 MMA, 6-0 BMMA) scored one of their more decisive victories on Friday when they beat TKO in Bellator 202 headliner Talita Nogueira (7-1 MMA, 1: 1 BMMA) in the third round of the WinStar World Casino and Resort took place in Thackerville, Oklahoma, and was broadcast on Paramount after MMAjunkie's predecessors.
With two consecutive title defenses (most among the current Bellator champions) Budd is full of confidence. She mentioned Sinead Kavanagh (5-2 MMA, 2-2 BMMA) as a possible next opponent, but only because she's looking for notable battles, not because she sees the Irish fighter as a real test.
"I do not think anyone would be a potential threat, but I think there are some good challenges out there," Budd told reporters after their Bellator 202 victory. "I think Talita was the one who threatened it, I think she thought, 'OK, if I'm being put on my back.'" It just did not happen, I would not get involved in something stupid, that's what we've been after I think that if she did, she would have been the person, but I like the idea of fighting Sinead.
"I feel like she's established in Bellator, some of the other girls do not fight with each other, I do not know what's going on, I know it's not Bellator, I do not know why they do not fight, they all have Signed these girls and it's like, "Get your butts in the cage and prove yourself." I will not fight a person just because they call me … Earn a little more. "
When it comes to the best featherweight fighters in the world, there is no doubt that Budd is at the top of the list. She has admitted that UFC champion Cris Cyborg (20-1 MMA, 5-0 UFC) is the clear leader when it comes to the division's ranking, but she feels she is bringing different skills to the table.
"I think I'm the best rounded 145 in the world," Budd said.
In order to move forward, Budd only wants the legitimate challenger that the Bellator can present. What is more fascinating is the location of their next fight. Bellator is bundling the momentum in the Canadian market, with Budd and world welterweight champion Rory MacDonald (20-4 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) holding titles. Valerie Letourneau (10-6 MMA, 2: 0 BMMA) is expected to be the next defending champion in flyweight, and Budd said she is interested in the idea of a blowout card on home soil.
"I would be disappointed," Budd said. I would love to fight in Montreal, I have tons of family in Toronto, I have tons of family in BC and it would be cool to go and represent anywhere in Canada but I actually started here in Thackerville to grow and to like it, I have a lot of family, it's my fourth time down here, wherever it is, I'm all good. "
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