Finally! Some good news has hit the MMA world.
Bellator MMA, which featured women’s MMA bouts from 2010-2012, announced today the official re-launch of their women’s division — and their first two signings are among the world’s best.
First is Marloes Coenen, the second-ranked featherweight in the world per Unified MMA Rankings. Coenen has earned a 21-6 record in a her MMA career, including a reign as Strikeforce bantamweight champion where she scored victories over the likes of Liz Carmouche and Sarah Kaufmann. The Dutch standout has battled the best in the women’s MMA world for more than a decade, and also earned a third-place finish at ADCC in 2007.
Bellator’s other big signing is Julia Budd, the third-ranked featherweight in the world. Canada’s Budd enjoyed a successful career in Muay Thai before transitioning to MMA, where she has spent her entire career at Strikeforce and Invicta. She is currently enjoying a four-fight winning streak, and holds MMA wins over the likes of Germaine de Randamie and Charmaine Tweet.
“After fighting professionally for over 15 years, I am honored to be invited into the Bellator cage,” Coenen said in a press release today. “Fighting for Bellator brings my spirit back for fighting! It is great to be working together with Scott Coker again as we both have the same vision on fighting. My style is fighting with the objective to knock my opponent out or to submit her. That is exactly what I am planning to do the very first second I step into the Bellator cage.”
Coenen and Budd will battle in the Bellator cage later this year.