Julia Budd sparks interest in fight against Gabi Garcia
Julia Budd has a title defence to go through come Friday, but the Bellator champion is already looking forward to her next one it seems. The feather weight champ will be defending her title against Olga Rubin at Bellator 224. ‘The Big’ currently has her sights set Rizin FF’s heavy weight champ Gabi Garcia. The Japanese promotion Rizin, has a strong relationship with Bellator and a fight does not seem completely out of the horizon.
Gabi Garcia, a grappling specialist who is undefeated (6-0) in Rizin has herself said she would like to fight against Budd. Garcia is almost twice the size of Budd, but even then, the Brazilian says she has no problem to fight against someone twice her size. Although, first, Budd has to defeat her next challenger Rubin which will take place at WinStar World Resort & Casino in Okla. The fight will be one for the cards for Budd as she was searching for someone credible to defend her title against.
Holly Holm after her UFC 239 loss
Holly Holm suffered a first round knockout loss against Amanda Nunes at UFC 239. ‘The Preacher’s Daughter’ looked favourite but could not face off against a particularly strong Nunes. The MMA fighter took to Instagram to address her recent loss to her fans.
The former champ seemed to be in a good mood even singing along to a few verses of Staying Alive before addressing the situation. The 37 year old said that she is still pushing forward despite being kicked in the face. Holm said that it was always her dream to fight in the cage but getting kicked in the face was not a part of it. Holm seemed pretty cheerful and thanked all her fans for showering her with love and support. It looks Holm is not done with UFC yet, despite what Dana White says.
Daniel Cormier wins the ESPY award for Best MMA fighter
MMA finally had its own version of the ESPN ESPY awards in Los Angeles. This new award ceremony was in association of the UFC with Worldwide Leader in Sports. The most exciting MMA Fighter of the Year was filled with well known names. The contenders for the inaugural award were interim Middle weight champion Israel Adesanya, heavy weight champion Daniel Cormier, fly weight champion Henry Cejudo and women’s champion Amanda Nunes.
UFC president Dana White was called on stage to announce the award and undoubtedly it went to the king Daniel Cormier. The champ was elated to receive the award and thanked his parents and his fans. Cormier will be next seen squaring off against Stipe Miocic at UFC 241 on August 17.