Bellator 174 took place last night from the WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma and was headlined by Julia Budd becoming the inaugural women’s featherweight champion with a TKO victory in the fourth round against Marloes Coenen.

In the co-main event of the fight card, Fernando Gonzalez scored his sixth victory inside the Bellator cage as he scored a decision victory against Brandon Girtz in a catchweight bout of 174 pounds.

TheMMAReport.com has put together post fight statistics from Friday’s fight card.

  • Julia Budd is the second women’s champion in Bellator history (Zoila Frausto won the strawweight title in 2010).
  • The TKO victory for Budd in the 4th round marks her first stoppage victory in 1,428 days (3 years, 10 months, 26 days).
  • Marloes Coenen has now dropped back to back fights after opening her Bellator career with back to back victories.
  • Fernando Gonzalez improved to 6-1 in Bellator with a decision victory over Brandon Girtz and 4 of his 6 wins in Bellator have come by decision.
  • Brandon Girtz has lost back to back fights by unanimous decision after winning 3 straight fights in 2014 and 2015.
  • Justin Wren extended his winning streak to 6 fights with an arm-triangle choke submission victory against Roman Pizzolato and this is his 4th career victory by submission.
  • Rafael Lovato Jr. won his Bellator debut in 13-seconds against Charles Hackmann and he is now tied with Lyman Good for the 6th fastest victory in Bellator history.
  • Cody Pfister won his Bellator debut by submission against Jonathan Gray and following the victory, he announced his retirement.
  • Emily Ducote scored her 3rd career win by submission with a rear-naked choke victory against Katy Collins and she is now 3-1 in Bellator.
  • Gabrielle Holloway snapped a two fight losing streak with a TKO victory in the 2nd round against Alexis Dufresne.

5 Responses

  1. RODNEY P

    Bellator 174 televised portion was squash match after squash match, followed up by a entertaining fight, which was spoiled by the disgraceful judges scorecards. Which those type of scorecards occurring more with Bellator fights than UFC fights. And then we viewers got another absolutely boring Julia Budd fight performance against a fighter who mentally quit before the fight even began. Jason Floyd, you and Daniel Galvan criticized Tony Johnson for his grinding fighting style, well, Julia Budd is absolutely much more boring than him. And the only discernible difference is one is black and one is Caucasian. So lets see how you two spin that.

    • Hardcore MMA Fan

      There was a lot of fights on the main card that got cancelled due to injuries and weight missed. When the main card was made it was way better. But as they always say fight card subject to change.

      And Tony Johnson is way more boring than Julia Budd. I rather watch 5 rounds of a Julia Budd fight than 2 rounds of a Tony Johnson fight.

      I can’t believe they released Virgil Zwicker tho. He’s an exciting fighter. I hope Virgil Zwicker signs with either Rizin, ONE, or KSW.

  2. Hardcore MMA Fan

    Btw Jason, what’s up with the Ryan Bader hold up? It’s been 3 or 4 weeks since Bellator sent UFC the contract to match or decline.

    • Jason Floyd

      The deadline to match or decline Bellator offer is this week. Should be an announcement in the next 1-3 days. I’ve heard the matching period started either on February 20 or 21.

      • Hardcore MMA Fan

        It feels like 3 or 4 weeks. But really it’s only been 2 weeks.