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History was made Friday night at Bellator 174 from the WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma.

In the main event, Julia Budd finished Marloes Coenen to become the first-ever female featherweight champion. The bout also marked the first time that Bellator had female fighters headline a card, with this one airing live on Spike.

Budd (10-2) has not lost since a 2011 defeat at the hands of Ronda Rousey, winning each of her last eight. Coenen (23-7) suffered her first loss since a 2013 setback to Cris “Cyborg” Justino.

After three-plus grueling rounds of action, it was Budd putting together her strikes in the fourth to secure the win.

The card was hit hard by the injury bug, losing two key bouts Thursday.

Fernando Gonzalez and Brandon Girtz moved into the co-main event role, with Gonzalez sweeping the scorecards for the decision win.

Justin Wren and Rafael Lovato Jr. opened the Spike main card with first round finishes. Wren submitted Roman Pizzolato with an arm-triangle choke, while Lovato stopped Charles Hackmann in just 13 seconds.

Emmanuel Rivera, Cody Pfister, Emily Ducote, Gabrielle Holloway and Justin Patterson all recorded wins on the prelims.

Pfister, who fought four times for the UFC before signing with Bellator, announced plans to retire. He is just 26 years old.

Holloway knocked out Alexis Dufresne and could be the first challenger to the female featherweight title.

Complete results are below:

Julia Budd def. Marloes Coenen via TKO (strikes) at 2:42 of Round 4 to become Bellator female featherweight champion

Fernando Gonzalez def. Brandon Girtz via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-27, 30-26)

Justin Wren def. Roman Pizzolato via submission (arm-triangle choke) at 2:35 of Round 1

Rafael Lovato Jr. def. Charles Hackmann via TKO (strikes) at :13 of Round 1

Emmanuel Rivera def. Treston Thomison via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)

Cody Pfister def. Jonathan Gray via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:04 of Round 1

Emily Ducote def. Katy Collins via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:53 of Round 1

Gabrielle Holloway def. Alexis Dufresne via TKO (strikes) at 2:53 of Round 2

Justin Patterson def. Jason Witt via TKO (strikes) at :13 of Round 3

Former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre will return to the Octagon this year in the new weight class, challenging Michael Bisping for the middleweight title.

UFC president Dana White made the fight announcement Wednesday while appearing on “SportsCenter.” He added that no exact date for the bout has been confirmed.

The two are scheduled to be in Las Vegas this Friday for a press conference to discuss the fight.

St-Pierre left MMA back in 2013 after a win over Johny Hendricks, which was his 12th consecutive. Bisping claimed the belt last year when he defeated Luke Rockhold, scoring a successful title defense vs. Dan Henderson.

The UFC makes its 2017 debut in Las Vegas and the T-Mobile Arena this Saturday night with UFC 209.

In the headline act, Stephen Thompson gets a second crack at welterweight champion Tyron Woodley. Also, Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson collide for the interim lightweight title.

All the action is set to begin at 6:30 p.m. on UFC Fight Pass before shifting over to FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET. The pay-per-view main card begins at 10 p.m. ET with Alistair Overeem vs. Mark Hunt.

Below is the fight card:

MAIN CARD (PPV/10 p.m. ET)

UFC Welterweight Championship
Tyron Woodley (c) vs. Stephen Thompson

Interim UFC Lightweight Championship
Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson

Middleweight: Rashad Evans vs. Daniel Kelly

Lightweight: Lando Vannata vs. David Teymur

Heavyweight: Alistair Overeem vs. Mark Hunt

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

Heavyweight: Marcin Tybura vs. Luis Henrique

Featherweight: Darren Elkins vs. Mirsad Bektic

Bantamweight: Iuri Alcantara vs. Luke Sanders

Heavyweight: Daniel Spitz vs. Mark Godbeer

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/6:30 p.m. ET)

Light Heavyweight: Paul Craig vs. Tyson Pedro

Female Strawweight: Amanda Cooper vs. Cynthia Calvillo

Bantamweight: Albert Morales vs. Andre Soukhamthath

Patricky Freire

It was not the Bellator 172 event anyone expected to see, but the show went on anyway.

Hours before the first fight, officials announced that Fedor Emelianenko and Matt Mitrione was off due to Mitrione becoming ill. The two were set to headlint the event from San Jose’s SAP Center in Spike.

In place of Fedor’s Bellator debut, lightweights Josh Thomson and Patricky “Pitbull” Freire collided, with Freire scoring a second round finish.

The two collided moments before Freire landed a finishing uppercut, butting heads.

Cheick Kongo scored a decision victory over Oli Thompson in the co-main event, while Josh Koscheck’s long-awaited Bellator debut ended in the first round at the hands of Mauricio Alonso.

Patricky “Pitbull” Freire def. Josh Thomson via TKO (strikes) at :40 of Round 2

Cheick Kongo def. Oli Thompson via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-25, 30-25)

Anatoly Tokov def. Francisco France via TKO (strikes) at 2:24 of Round 2

Veta Arteaga def. Brooke Mayo via TKO (doctor’s stoppage) at 4:04 of Round 3

Mauricio Alonso def. Josh Koscheck via TKO (strikes) at 4:42 of Round 1

Nikko Jackson def. Cesar Gonzalez via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

J.J. Okanovich def. Zach Andrews via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:26 of Round 2

Justin Tenedora def. Roque Reyes via submission (face-crank) at 4:59 of Round 2

James Terry def. JC Llamas via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Gaston Bolanos def. Abner Perez via TKO (strikes) at 4:53 of Round 1

Martin Sano vs. Diego Herzog declared a majority draw (27-28, 28-28, 28-28)

the ultimate fighter

The cast for the 25th season of The Ultimate Fighter has been released, and it features several notables.

The season, entitled “Redemption,” will feature welterweights coached by Cody Garbrandt and T.J. Dillashaw.

Among those set to compete include former UFC title challenger Joe Stevenson, former TUF winner Eddie Gordon and current UFC fighter James Krause.

The series debuts April 19 at 10 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1, with the finale set for July.

Below is the cast:

Seth Baczynski – 20-14, 35, Gilbert, Ariz.

Julian Lane – 11-6, 29, Mansfield, Ohio

Mehdi Baghdad – 11-5, 31, Los Angeles, Calif.

Dhiego Lima – 12-5, 28, Dacula, Ga.

Justin Edwards – 9-5, 34, Bellefontaine, Ohio

Ramsey Nijem – 9-6, 28, Salt Lake City, Utah

Tom Gallicchio – 19-9, 30, Temecula, Calif.

Gilbert Smith – 12-6, 35, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Eddie Gordon – 8-4, 33, Freeport, N.Y.

Joe Stevenson – 33-16, 34, Victorville, Calif.

Hayder Hassan – 6-3, 34, Coconut Creek, Fla.

Jesse Taylor – 30-15, 34, Temecula, Calif.

James Krause – 23-7, 30, Lee’s Summit, Mo.

Hector Urbina – 17-10, 29, Coconut Creek, Ca

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