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Bellator 202 results: Julia Budd stops Talita Nogueira in third to defend title

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Bellator women’s featherweight champ Julia Budd kept Talita Nogueira from even getting close to a submission setup, and then made her pay on the feet.

A stinging leg kick provided the cover for a right hand that dropped Nogueira (7-1 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) in the third round, setting up a TKO at the 4:07 mark to bring Budd (12-2 MMA, 6-0 BMMA) her second title defense

The women’s featherweight title bout was the main event of today’s Bellator 202 show at WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Okla. It aired on Paramount following prelims on MMAjunkie.

Budd extends her current win streak to 10 fights. The last time she tasted defeat was a first-round armbar courtesy of UFC Hall of Famer Ronda Rousey in the now-defunct Strikeforce promotion.

Asked whom she’d like to fight next, Budd identified Sinead Kavanagh as her next target. Kavanagh is 2-2 under the Bellator banner and this past November stopped Maria Casanova in 34 seconds.

Nogueira had considerably more time to work, especially early on as both she and Budd appeared hesitant to engage. Nogueira fired off kicks early, but it wasn’t until the champ slammed her to the mat that the audience got the first hint of what was to come. Budd ended the opening frame pounding Nogueira relentlessly.

Emboldened by the first skirmish, Budd got more aggressive in the second and poured on kicks and punches against Nogueira, who couldn’t keep up the momentum. A knee from the champ dropped her, and she was unable to find any position that helped her turn the tables.

Nogueira was bowled to the canvas early in the middle frame of the title fight. After holding position, Budd let her opponent up, and then let her have it.

“I knew I was going to finish it in my third round,” Budd said afterward. “I was just waiting for my opportunity.”

Nogueira suffers the first loss of her professional career.

Up-to-the-minute Bellator 202 results include:

PRELIMINARY CARD (MMAjunkie, 7 p.m. ET)

  • Will Morris def. Charles Williams via unanimous decision (30-25, 30-27, 30-26)
  • Veta Arteagavia def. Emily Ducote via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Yaroslav Amosov def. Gerald Harris via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Steve Kozola def. Ryan Walker via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 1:45
  • Rudy Schaffroth def. Jon Hill via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 0:42
  • Tyler Ingram def. Fernando Gonzalez via submission (rear-naked choke) Round 2, 4:13
  • Nation Gibrick def. Luis Erives via submission (heel hook) – Round 1, 1:30
  • Daniel Carey vs. Aaron Webb

For complete coverage of <Bellator 202, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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