Bellator 174 took place Friday, March 3 at Winstar World Casino in Thackerville, Okla. The main card aired on Spike TV.
Headlining the event was former Strikeforce champion, Marloes Coenen facing Julia Budd for the inaugural women’s featherweight title. It was, however, to be Julia Budd’s night after stopping Coenen in the fourth round to become the new featherweight champion.
Coenen then took the time to thank Scott Coker and Bellator before announcing her retirement from the sport.
“I have dreamt about this moment forever. When I was 21 and first started kickboxing, I dreamt about being a champion, and I didn’t make it, I lost.” Budd said. “So, this is my dream come true. The moment I signed with Bellator, I saw all the champions up there on the banners, and I said to myself that I want to be up there with them some day. Now it feels like everything has come together.”
“There’s only one message that I want to give out to all the fighters out there, and that is, please listen to your body. I am very proud of all the women in MMA, and I am very grateful for Bellator,” Coenen said. “This company picked me up when I was in a dark place, and Scott Coker has given me so many opportunities throughout my career. Bellator MMA will always be my home.”
Julia Budd (10-2) defeated Marloes Coenen (23-8) via TKO (punches) at 2:42 of round four to become the new inaugural women’s featherweight champion.
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Julia Budd (10-2) defeated Marloes Coenen (23-8) via TKO (punches) at 2:42 of round four to become the inaugural Featherweight Champion
Fernando Gonzalez (26-14) defeated Brandon Girtz (14-6) via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-27, 30-26)
Justin Wren (13-2) defeated Roman Pizzolato (8-9) via submission (arm triangle) at 2:35 of round one
Rafael Lovato Jr. (5-0) defeated Charles Hackman (4-5) via TKO at 0:13 of round one
Justin Patterson (9-1) defeated Jason Witt (7-4) via TKO at 0:13 of round three
Gabrielle Holloway (6-5) defeated Alexis Dufresne (6-3) via TKO at 2:53 of round two
Emily Ducote (5-2) defeated Katy Collins (6-2) via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:53 of round one
Emmanuel Rivera (6-0) defeated Treston Thomison (10-5) via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27 2x)
Cody Pfister (13-6-1) defeated Jonathan Gary (12-8-2) via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:04 of round one
Invicta 7 takes places at the Ameristar Casino Hotel, Kansas City on December 7th , where three, yes thats right three title fights takes place along side a full supporting card as you would expexct from the all – female promotion Invicta.
First up though we had the weigh-ins, for which, lets face it, we all look forward to itself.
First up was :
Nina Anasroff 126 3/4 Lb (who has 2 hours to lose 3/4 Lb) VS Munah Holland n 128 Lb (who also has 2 hours to lose the 2 Llbs) to make the 126 Lb weight limit
Next up was :
Tonya Evinger 135 3/4Lb VS Sarah D’alelio 135 1/2Lb
Next was :
Charmaine Tweet 145 Llb VS Julia Budd 145 1/2 Lb
Next was :
Katja Kankaanpaa 114 3/4Lb VS Joanne Calderwood 115 1/2 Lb
Next was :
Tecia Torres 114 1/4 Lb VS Felice Herrig 114 1/2 Lb
Next was the title fights :
Miriam Nakamoto 134 3/4 LB VS Lauren Murphy 134 Lb
VACANT INAGURAL BANTAMWEIGHT TITLE BELT
Next was :
Claudia Gadelha 114Lb VS (C) Carla Espara 114 Lb
Last up was :
Leslie Smith 124 3/4 Lb VS Barb Honchak 124 1/4 Lb
Shannon Knapp has been doing alot of work behind the scenes in securing a bigger and better future for the viewing public in gaining more access for us to view this awesome event if you are unable to make the trip to Kansas City in person, ( I for one, living the other side of the pond will unfortuantly not be able to attend), so the next best thing is to be tunning into Invicta Fighting Championships on FB which will have details on how you can watch 2 FREE Prelim fights before you WILL have to buy the PAY-PER-VIEW which is $14.95 you can also watch for FREE the POST FIGHT MEDIA afterwards on INVICTA’S Facebook page for FREE.