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Bellator 224 post-event facts: Champ Julia Budd keeps stranglehold on division

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Julia Budd continued her dominance of the Bellator women’s featherweight division on Friday with a win in the Bellator 224 headliner.

Budd (13-2 MMA, 7-0 BMMA) remained unbeaten in the Bellator cage and earned her third consecutive title defense with a first-round TKO win over challenger Olga Rubin (6-1 MMA, 4-1 BMMA) to continue her reign over the women’s 145-pound division.

For more on the numbers to come out of the event, check below for 30 post-event facts to come out of Bellator 224.

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General

Debuting fighters went 0-1 on the main card of the event.

Betting favorites went 4-0 on the main card.

Betting favorites improved to 5-4 (with one no-contest and one draw) in Bellator main events this year.

Total fight time for the four-bout main card was 35:06.

Main card

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Julia Budd def. Olga Rubin at Bellator 224: Best photos

Budd extended her winning streak to 11 fights. She hasn’t suffered a defeat since November 2011.

Budd’s three consecutive Bellator title defenses are tied with Ilima-Lei Macfarlane for most among current champions.

Budd’s seven-fight Bellator winning streak is tied for the third longest active streak in the company behind A.J. McKee (14) and Macfarlane (nine).

Budd’s seven-fight Bellator winning streak in women’s featherweight competition is the longest active streak in the division.

Budd’s seven-fight Bellator winning streak is the second longest active streak among female fighters in the promotion behind Macfarlane (nine).

Budd’s seven victories in Bellator women’s featherweight competition are most in divisional history.

Budd’s three stoppage victories in Bellator women’s featherweight competition are tied for most in divisional history.

Rubin had her six-fight winning streak snapped for the first defeat of her career.

Chidi Njokuani (18-7 MMA, 5-3 BMMA) fell to 1-3 in his past four fights dating back to August 2017.

Njokuani suffered the first decision loss of his career.

Juliana Velasquez’s (9-0 MMA, 4-0 BMMA) four-fight Bellator winning streak in flyweight competition is the second longest active streak in the division behind champion Ilima-Lei Macfarlane (nine).

Velasquez’s four victories in Bellator flyweight competition are tied for second most in divisional history behind Macfarlane (nine).

Velasquez’s three stoppage victories in Bellator flyweight competition are tied for second most in divisional history behind Macfarlane (six).

Velasquez’s two knockout victories in Bellator flyweight competition are tied for most in divisional history.

Kristina Williams (3-2 MMA, 3-2 BMMA) suffered the first knockout loss of her career.

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Ed Ruth def. Kiichi Kunimoto at Bellator 224: Best photos

Ed Ruth (7-1 MMA, 7-1 BMMA) improved to 2-1 since he dropped to the Bellator welterweight division in June 2018.

Ruth has earned six of his seven career victories by stoppage. He’s finished all of those wins by knockout.

Kiichi Kunimoto (20-8-2 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) improved to 2-1 since his final UFC appearance in June 2017.

Kunimoto suffered his first knockout loss since his MMA debut on March 19, 2006 – a span of 4,863 days (more than 13 years) and 30 fights.

Preliminary card

Bruna Ellen (5-2 MMA, 3-2 BMMA) has earned four of her five career victories by decision. That includes all three of her Bellator wins.

Elina Kallionidou (7-3 MMA, 0-3 BMMA) has suffered all three of her career losses by decision.

Sinead Kavanagh (5-4 MMA, 2-4 BMMA) fell to 1-3 since she moved up to the Bellator women’s featherweight division.

Kavanagh has suffered three of her four career losses by decision.

Jordan Young (11-0 MMA, 6-0 BMMA) improved to 3-0 since he moved up to the light heavyweight division in June 2018.

Young became the first fighter in Bellator history to earn five consecutive victories by submission.

Young’s three submission victories in Bellator light heavyweight competition are tied for most in divisional history.

Arlene Blencowe (12-7 MMA, 5-3 BMMA) three knockout victories in Bellator women’s featherweight competition are tied with Budd for most in divisional history.

Amanda Bell (6-6 MMA, 2-2 BMMA) has suffered five of her six career losses by stoppage.

For complete coverage of Bellator 224, check out the MMA Results.

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