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Budd bests Coenen at Bellator 174

By on March 3, 2017

julia buddBellator 174: Budd vs. Coenen found female mixed martial arts pioneer unable to beat opponent Julia Budd in the final fight of her long career in the sport.

Budd won the fight via TKO when the fight was stopped by referee John McCarthy in the fourth round as Coenen was unable to defend herself from Budd’s mounted punches. Following the bout, Coenen announced that she would be retiring from the sport.

Unfortunately, it was certainly not a storybook ending for Coenen, who found herself unable to meaningfully defend against the constant takedown attempts of her opponent. Budd landed at least one takedown in each round and punctuated her wrestling with dominant control and ground-and-pound.

Coenen did her best to control Budd from her guard, but was unable to do so for very long. As the fight went on, it was clear that Budd had worn down her veteran opponent and she was facing very little resistance as the fight neared its conclusion.

Budd now boasts an eight-fight win streak.

Meanwhile, Fernando Gonzalez defeated Brandon Girtz via unanimous decision in a 175-pound catchweight bout. Nonetheless, the judges couldn’t help but make it interesting with a strange variety of scores: 30-26, 29-27, and 29-28. Apparently, Gonzalez was dominant enough for two 10-9s and a 10-8 in one judge’s eyes, but barely squeaked by two rounds to one in another’s opinion.

During the fight, Girtz was actually able to take down his larger opponent, but unable to do anything after changing the location of the fight. Throughout the bout, Gonzalez punished Girtz with heavy punches that forced Girtz to back up with increasing regularity as the fight went on.

Finally, Justin “The Big Pygmy” Wren defeated Roman Pizzolato by submission in the first round. The heavyweights only stood for about twenty seconds before Wren tossed Pizzolato to the mat with an impressive suplex and advanced to full mount. He continued to soften up Pizzolato with elbows before locking in an arm triangle choke, which he finished from side control.

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