Bellator champ Julia Budd (via @BellatorMMA)

Bellator 202 Results: Julia Budd crushes Nogueira inside 3 rounds for her 10th straight win, 2nd title defense

Thackerville, Oklahoma – Bellator’s latest trip through the heartland started with exciting performances from the likes of Michael McDonald & Valentin Moldovasky and peaked with a technical masterclass in the main event from women’s 145 pound champ Julia Budd. Budd showed off abundant fight IQ as she controlled range masterfully and never allowed challenger Talita Nogueira (7-1, # 6 World) to get offense going.  When Budd closed distance she dominated Nogueira in the clinch, and it looked light the Canadian might finish when she dropped her with a nasty liver kick late in round 2.  The Brazilian survived to see the round 2 bell, but met her demise in round 3 when the champ smashed her with a right hand and followup finishing strikes to cap her 2nd title defense in style.  That’s 10 straight wins for Bellator featherweight champ Julia Budd (12-2, #3 World), who called for a fight with SBG Ireland’s Sinead Kavanagh (5-2, #25 World) in her next title defense.


Bellator 202 Co-Main @ 135 lb:

Michael McDonald (19-4, #37 World)

TKO Round 1, Right Hand + GNP

Eduardo Dantas (20-6, #11 World)

Mayday!  Michael McDonald stamped out former Bellator champ Eduardo Dantas with a sharp right hand about 40 seconds in that sent him down to the mat with an apparent compound ankle fracture.  A salvo of wicked followup lefts sealed the deal for McDonald and sent him to 2-0 in Bellator in under a minute.  Injury aside this was spectacular work from the 27 year old former UFC title contender, who sent Dantas to his second straight Bellator defeat but was pretty depressed post-fight that he broke his left hand in the process.



Bellator 202 Main Card @ 185 lb:

Chris Honeycutt (11-2, #59 World)

Unanimous Decision

Leo Leite (10-2, #50 World)

40 year old BJJ grandmaster Leo Leite had some success grounding Chris Honeycutt in the first round of this clash between Bellator middleweight contenders. But the decorated wrestler Honeycutt turned the tides by grounding and smashing the Brazilian in round 2. Midway through the fight Leite was a bloody mess thanks to short elbows and punches, while “The Cutt” showed no signs of slowing. The former two-division Legacy FC champ Leite shot hard at the start of round 3 but ended up grounded by Honeycutt for the entire final stanza en route to the unanimous decision win by straight 30-25 scorecards. Dominant stuff from Chris Honeycutt, who rebounded well from a contentious decision loss to undefeated contender Rafael Lovato Jr. in his last outing at Bellator 189. Leo Leite fell to 0-2 in the promotion after losing by decision to Phil Davis in his short notice Bellator 186 debut.


Bellator 202 Main Card @ 265 lb:

Valentin Moldavsky (8-1, #67 World)

TKO-Punches, Round 2

Ernest James (1-1)

Fedor protege Valentin Moldavsky stayed patient as he dominated very green Californian Ernest James from bell to bell. Moldavsky was the smaller by about 30 pounds, and he spent the first round mostly staying out of reach of the rangier James. The Russian got his offense going late including a big right hand that nearly closed James’ left eye by the time all was said and done. Over the course of round 2 the big man started to tire, which gave Moldavsky the opportunity to up his offensive output and eventually put James away with a pinpoint left-left-right combo midway through round 2. James looked underbaked and out of his depth, while Moldavsky got the job done as prescribed and advanced to 2-0 in Bellator without taking any damage.


Bellator 202 Streaming Prelims


W125: Veta Arteaga (4-2, 3-2 Bellator, #149 World)  UD3  Emily Ducote (6-5, 4-4 Bellator, #38 World)

At first this contest looked like it would grade out as a classic grappler (Ducoute) versus striker (Arteaga) match, but later on in the bout both women experienced some success in the other woman’s dominant area. Rounds 1 and 3 were very close, but round 2 was a clear dominant win for Arteaga as she assumed top position and nearly smashed her way to a TKO. To Ducote’s credit, she had a momentum of brilliance as well when she sunk in a deep RNC late in round 1 only to run out of time. The judges saw much of the closer action in Veta Arteaga’s favor as she emerged with a 30-27, 30-27, 29-27 win.


170: Yaroslav Amosov (20-0, #211 World)  UD3  Gerald Harris (25-7, #328 World)

Undefeated Ukrainian Yaroslav Amosov announced his arrival in the Bellator welterweight ranks with this brilliant all-around performance versus grizzled vet Gerald Harris. Harris looked several steps slow as he ate nearly all of the offense landed on the feet, and when Amosov wanted to take the bout to the ground he simply overpowered the wrestler. Harris briefly looked close to being put out, but he stayed tough in the face of Amosov’s firepower and forced the prospect to settle for a dominant decision win.


155: Will Morris (4-0, #530 World WW)  UD3  Charles Williams (2-3)

Will Morris used his half-foot height and reach advantages to dominate Charles Williams from range but never came particularly close to finishing the mostly-retreating Texan.


155: Steve Kozola (9-2, 4-2 Bellator, #535 World)  TKO1  Ryan Walker (8-4, #614 World)

Kozola and Walker stood center cage and traded in this exciting firefight. The “Thunderbeast” was the first to land and once he had Walker hurt he never gave the underdog Walker an opportunity to recover as he finished the deal with a wicked uppercut.


170: Tyler Ingram (2-0)  Sub2-RNC  Fernando Gonzalez (3-1)

AKA product Fernando Gonzalez entered this prelims stream opener with a modicum of hype behind him. But Kansas denize Tyler Ingram showed that he was the better man across all dimensions of the game, as he outstruck and outgrappled Gonzalez en route to a round 2 finish that was as much “Submission-Beatdown” as finish by Mata Leon.


265: Rudy Schaffroth (5-0, #193 World)  TKO1  Jon Hill (12-7, #4 Oklahoma)

Pacific Northwestern talent Rudy Schaffroth cuts a hulking frame at a husky 6’4″, and he packs a punch to match. Not much to this one as Schaffroth simply stepped forward and overwhelmed Oklahoma regionals fighter Jon Hill with with power punches that forced a TKO stoppage just 42 seconds in. That’s five first round KOs for Schaffroth in his perfect 21 month pro career.

155: Nation Gibrick (2-0)  Sub1-Heel Hook  Luis Erives (0-1) – Untelevised


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