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bellator 174

Bellator MMA made it official, as Marloes Coenen and Julia Budd will square off at Bellator 174 for the inaugural female featherweight title.

The event takes place March 3 from the Winstar World Casino Resort in Thackerville, Oklahoma and airs live on Spike.

Below is a press release:

Two of the best women’s featherweights in the world, Marloes Coenen (23-7) and Julia Budd (9-2), will meet on March 3 to determine the undisputed 145-pound champion inside WinStar World Casino & Resort in Thackerville, OK.

“Bellator 174: Coenen vs. Budd” will be broadcast live and free on SPIKE at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT, while preliminary action will stream on Bellator.com and the Bellator Mobile App. Tickets for the event go on sale Friday, January 13 and can be purchased at the WinStar World Casino & Resort Box Office, as well as Ticketmaster and Bellator.com. Additional contests will be announced in coming weeks.

Coenen strung together a remarkable start to her professional career, recording victories in each of her first eight bouts and 13 of her first 14. The Dutch submission specialist has since continued along her impressive path, tallying 23 career wins, including 20 finishes. Now, the 35-year-old will look to build off of a pair of victories under the Bellator MMA banner and bring home the first ever Bellator MMA Women’s Featherweight World Title, adding to a mantel that already includes a Strikeforce Bantamweight Title. With 30 career fights under her belt, the most glaring advantage for “Rumina” will be her experience, as her opponent comes in having made only 11 professional appearances inside the cage.

Budd enters the contest on March 3 riding a seven-fight winning streak and has recorded victories in each of her first three fights under the direction of Bellator MMA. The former Strikeforce competitior has surrendered just two losses over her seven-year career, one at the hands of former Strikeforce Champion Ronda Rousey and one to the current UFC bantamweight world champion, Amanda Nunes. The 33-year-old Canadian has not suffered a defeat since 2011, making her one of the most prolific athletes in Bellator MMA’s 145-pound division. “The Jewel” will be in search of her first career world title, while looking to prevent the former Strikeforce world champion from collecting her second.

ufc fight night 103

After taking a over two weeks off, the UFC returns this coming Sunday night with UFC Fight Night 103.

Set from Phoenix and the Talking Stick Resort Arena, the FOX Sports 1 main card features BJ Penn vs. Yair Rodriguez.

Penn, a former UFC champion, is attempting another comeback in the featherweight division.

Along with that fight, Joe Lauzon battles ex-Bellator title contender Marcin Held, Court McGee faces Ben Saunders and Jimmie Rivera meets Marlon Vera.

Below is the fight card:

MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 110 p.m. ET)

Featherweight: Yair Rodriguez vs. BJ Penn

Lightweight: Joe Lauzon vs. Marcin Held

Welterweight: Court McGee vs. Ben Saunders

Bantamweight: Jimmie Rivera vs. Marlon Vera

PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1/8 p.m. ET)

Flyweight: John Moraga vs. Sergio Pettis

Bantamweight: Augusto Mendes vs. Frankie Saenz

Heavyweight: Oleksiy Oliynyk vs. Viktor Pesta

Lightweight: Alex White vs. Tony Martin

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/6 p.m. ET)

Strawweight: Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger vs. Nina Ansaroff

Lightweight: Devin Powell vs. Drakkar Klose

Heavyweight: Walt Harris vs. Chase Sherman

Light Heavyweight: Joachim Christensen vs. Bojan Mihajlovic

Heavyweight: Cyril Asker vs. Dmitry Smoliakov

cain velasquez

According to Javier Mendez, surgery was a success for former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez.

Velasquez, who has went under the knife several times since his run atop the heavyweight division, was forced off UFC 207 and a rematch with Fabricio Werdum after the Nevada Athletic Commission pulled his fight license.

Mendez told MMA Fighting that Velasquez underwent his planned operation and all went as expected.

“He had successful surgery on Wednesday,” Mendez said. “It was a minor surgery so he was walking right away. Only thing he has to do is wait until the incision heals before he can start working out. (It’ll take) about one month or less for the cut to heal.”

No word yet on when Velasquez might return to action.

yair rodriguez

Officials have set the fight card for UFC Fight Night 103, which takes place January 15 from Phoenix.

The FOX Sports 1 event is highlighted by the return of BJ Penn, as the former UFC champion meets Yair Rodriguez in a featherweight contest.

Also, Joe Lauzon battles Marcin Held, Court McGee meets Ben Saunders and Jimmie Rivera tangles with Bryan Caraway.

Below is the complete lineup:

MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 110 p.m. ET)

Featherweight: Yair Rodriguez vs. BJ Penn

Lightweight: Joe Lauzon vs. Marcin Held

Welterweight: Court McGee vs. Ben Saunders

Bantamweight: Jimmie Rivera vs. Bryan Caraway

PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1/8 p.m. ET)

Flyweight: John Moraga vs. Sergio Pettis

Bantamweight: Augusto Mendes vs. Frankie Saenz

Heavyweight: Oleksiy Oliynyk vs. Viktor Pesta

Lightweight: Alex White vs. Tony Martin

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/6 p.m. ET)

Strawweight: Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger vs. Nina Ansaroff

Lightweight: Devin Powell vs. Drakkar Klose

Heavyweight: Walt Harris vs. Chase Sherman

Light Heavyweight: Joachim Christensen vs. Bojan Mihajlovic

Heavyweight: Cyril Asker vs. Dmitry Smoliakov

Matt Serra, Din Thomas and UFC president Dana White pack a summer’s worth of fun into a trip to White’s vacation home in Maine with go-karts, demolition derby, drag racing, lobster rolls, a hot dog eating contest and more.

After all that, the guys check out a fight card that surprises them with its entertaining bouts and promising athletes.

This is the first episode of the second season in “Lookin’ for a Fight.”

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