An undisclosed injury has caused Julia Budd to pull out of her inaugural Bellator women’s featherweight title fight at next week’s Bellator 155 against Marloes Coenen and with Budd out of the event, Coenen will now meet Alexis Dufresne in a non-title fight.

The fight change was announced by Bellator in a press release on Tuesday.

Bellator 155 will come from the CenturyLink Arena in Boise, Idaho next Friday night and will be headlined by a title fight as Rafael Carvalho defends the middleweight title against Melvin Manhoef.

Dufresne (5-2) is making her Bellator debut and will be looking to snap a two fight losing streak. All of her wins have come by stoppage, with three of those victories coming by TKO/KO. Coenen (23-6) has won both of her fights in Bellator by submission. Her most recent win came in August as she defeated Arlene Blencowe by armbar submission at Bellator 141.

The current Bellator 155: Carvalho vs. Manhoef fight card is below.

Main Card: (Spike – 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT)
Rafael Carvalho (12-1) vs. Melvin Manhoef (30-12-1, 2NC)
Pat Curran (21-7) vs. Georgi Karakhanyan (24-5-1)
Dan Charles (10-3) vs. Augusto Sakai (9-0)
Dave Jansen (20-3) vs. Marcin Held (21-4)
Joey Beltran (17-12, 1NC) vs. Chase Gormley (12-5)

Preliminary Card: (Bellator.com – 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT)
Marloes Coenen (23-6) vs. Alexis Dufresne (5-2)
Joe Hamilton (3-0) vs. Tyler Freeland (3-0)
Veta Arteaga (1-0) vs. Jackie Vandenburgh (0-1)
Vince Morales (3-1) vs. Hamilton Ash (3-1)
Brendon Raftery (4-2) vs. Casey Johnson (4-0)
Scott Thometz (9-5) vs. Josh Tyler (7-3)
Sean Powers (9-5) vs. Will Noland (15-6)
Ricky Steele (5-0) vs. Erick Cronkhite (2-1)
Jesse Brock (21-8) vs. Olly Bradstreet (39-12)

2 Responses

  1. Rodney P

    I, for one, am happy to see Alexis Dufresne fighting at 145 pounds instead of trying to make that terrible cut for her to 135 pounds. I totally understand why she signed with the UFC and attempted to make that 135 pounds weight class cut because she is a professional and the UFC was the best paying MMA job for the ladies and she wanted to get paid for her efforts. And also cudos to Alexis Dufresne for getting her body back in to fighting shape after having a baby. I am sure that is not easy for any female athlete. I favor Marloes Coenen in the fight, but I am hoping Alexis Dufresne puts on a great performance.

    • Jason Floyd

      I talked to Alexis and Marloes today. Both interviews will be on Tuesday’s podcast.