Bellator 174: Coenen vs Budd
Bellator returns to Thackerville for Bellator 174, and they will crown their first women’s featherweight (145 pounds) as former Strikeforce bantamweight champion Marloes Coenen takes on Julia Budd. In the co-main event, welterweights Brandon Girtz and Fernando Gonzalez square off.
Event: Bellator 174: Coenen vs Budd
Date: Friday, March 3rd, 2017; 9:00 PM ET (Main Card)
Location: Global Event Center, WinStar World Casino & Resort, Thackerville, OK
TV: Spike TV (Main Card); Spike.com (Prelims)
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Marloes Coenen vs. Julia Budd – Inaugural Women’s Featherweight Title Bout
Coenen (23-7) is a former jiu-jitsu champion as well, although she was submitted by Alexis Dufresne (who missed weight) last May. Budd (9-2) has won seven straight, and her losses have come to former UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, as well as current bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes. Budd is a kickboxer by nature and will want to keep this standing up, while Coenen will want the opposite. Budd wins this battle of styles and claims the belt.
Brandon Girtz vs. Fernando Gonzalez – Welterweight
Girtz (14-5) had a three-fight win streak stopped by Adam Piccolotti in November, while Gonzalez lost a tough split decision to Michael Page in November. That was a really tough fight for Gonzalez, a former Muay Thai champion and a kickboxer. Girtz has a wrestling background and he should look to take his opponent to the mat, but Gonzalez will be confident from taking Page to the brink and grab the win over Girtz.
Chris Honeycutt vs. Kendall Grove – Middleweight
Honeycutt (9-1, 1 NC) defeated Ben Reiter by unanimous decision in December for his third win in a row, while Grove (23-16, 1 NC) was knocked out by Alexander Shlemenko in October. Grove has been knocked out eight times now, and that is right up Honeycutt’s alley as he has four TKO/KO wins. He has to be careful once on the mat, however, as Grove has a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and 10 submission wins. However, Honeycutt should have enough to pull this out.
Steve Garcia vs. Joe Taimanglo – Bantamweight
Garcia (7-1) bounced back from his first pro loss by outpointing Ronnie Lawrence in October, while Taimanglo (23-7-1) had a four-fight win streak snapped by Darrion Caldwell in December. Garcia would like for the fight to stay standing up, and Taimanglo, who went to the semifinals of the Season Nine Featherweight Tournament before dowinshifting to bantamweight, will oblige him to a point. Eventually, he will get Garcia to the mat and use his jiu-jitsu, which has gotten him 12 submission wins. Take Taimanglo to the bank in Thackerville.
Full Fight Card
|Main Card (Spike TV)
|Preliminary Card (Spike.com)
|Rafael Lovato Jr.