Julia Budd expects to shine at Bellator 257

Following a loss to Cris Cyborg in January that value her the Bellator featherweight championship, and the onset of the coronavirus lockdowns, for former titleholder Julia Budd getting a chance to shut out her 2020 in opposition to Jessy Miele at Bellator 244 final August was a giant factor.

Budd was in a position to decide up a unanimous choice victory over Miele and get herself again on observe, persevering with the development of by no means having misplaced two fights in a row throughout her 11-year profession.

“I felt prefer it was superior that I used to be in a position to get again in there after my battle with Cyborg in early 2020,” Budd advised MMAWeekly.com. “I hoped to get in there even sooner so it’s superior that I’m again on one of many early (2021) Bellator playing cards again in there (following the win).

“I used to be completely satisfied however I actually wished the end in that battle. I all the time wish to even do higher than I do, however I used to be pleased with myself.”

In her fixed journey to enhance, Budd bumped into an sudden adjustment she needed to make in coaching this previous 12 months.

“I’m simply always evolving and getting higher in each side,” stated Budd. “I prepare my wrestling. I prepare my floor. I prepare my putting. I’m always evolving my expertise so I can go in there and have higher performances and search for these finishes earlier.

“Adjusting from five-round fights to three-round fights has been a bit little bit of adjustment, so it’s been good getting coaching for three-round fights in.”

This Friday in Uncasville, Connecticut, Budd (14-3) will look to construct a successful streak for herself when she faces Dayana Silva (9-5) in a preliminary 145-pound bout at Bellator 257.

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“I used to be acquainted with her earlier than Bellator talked about her, and after finding out her and seeing what she does, I really feel like my general expertise, my power, and the way well-rounded I’m as a blended martial artist goes to play into how I’m going to get that win that night time,” Budd stated of dealing with Silva.

“I respect her. I respect the crew she comes from. I’ve seen she’s been doing MMA for longer than I’ve, however I’m ready and I do know I’m going to go on the market and shine.”

Having gone by what she did in 2020, Budd is simply seeking to strategy issues one alternative at a time as she seeks to work her method again into title competition this 12 months.

“I believe the final 12 months has positively taught me to take it one battle at a time, someday at a time, so that is an important battle for me, and ensuring I make an announcement of who I’m and why I used to be the champ for thus lengthy,” stated Budd. “I’m nonetheless tremendous hungry and motivated and I’m not going anyplace.”

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