Julia Budd’s next title defense will be against an unbeaten challenger.
A Bellator featherweight championship bout between Budd and Olga Rubin (6-0) was announced during Saturday’s Bellator 218 broadcast for an upcoming July 12 event at Winstar World Casino in Thackerville, Okla.
Budd (12-2) has recorded back-to-back defenses of her featherweight title since winning a vacant belt with a fourth-round TKO of Marloes Coenen two years ago. She then went on to defeat Arlene Blencowe by split decision and Talita Nogueira by third-round TKO. The 35-year-old Canadian is 6-0 inside the Bellator cage.
Someone’s unblemished Bellator record is going to have to go, as Rubin is also unbeaten in four appearances for the promotion. She most recently defeated Iony Razafiarison at Bellator 217 in February via unanimous decision.