Bellator 202: A Retrospective Look at Budd vs. Nogueira and More

Bellator 202, which took place on July 13, 2018, at WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Oklahoma, was a memorable event in the world of mixed martial arts (MMA). The event was headlined by a featherweight title fight between Julia Budd and Talita Nogueira, and it also featured other exciting bouts.

Main Event: Julia Budd vs. Talita Nogueira

The main event saw Julia Budd, also known as “The Jewel,” defending her featherweight title against Talita Nogueira. Budd, who hadn’t lost a fight since her 2011 meeting with Ronda Rousey, was looking to cement her legacy by securing her second title defense under the Bellator banner. Nogueira, an accomplished Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, was looking to dethrone the champion.

Despite Nogueira’s impressive grappling credentials, Budd was able to control the fight. She caught a body kick from Nogueira in the first round and followed up with a big slam, controlling the rest of the round on the ground. Budd continued to impose her will in the second round, making Nogueira backpedal from her strikes and controlling her against the cage. Budd’s performance earned her a unanimous decision victory, allowing her to retain her featherweight title.

Co-Main Event: Eduardo Dantas vs. Michael McDonald

The co-main event of the evening featured former Bellator bantamweight champion Eduardo Dantas squaring off against Michael McDonald. This fight was a significant one in the bantamweight division, with both fighters looking to make a statement and move closer to a title shot.

Other Notable Fights

Bellator 202 also featured other notable fights. Valentin Moldavsky, a heavyweight fighter from Russia, secured a TKO victory over Ernest James. Moldavsky, who trains with the legendary Fedor Emelianenko, showcased his striking skills and fight IQ in this bout.

Chris Honeycutt, a middleweight contender, faced off against Leonardo Leite. Honeycutt, known for his wrestling and ground-and-pound skills, was looking to climb the middleweight rankings with a win over Leite.


Bellator 202 was an event that showcased the depth and talent present in Bellator’s roster. From the main event title fight to the undercard bouts, each fight offered something for MMA fans. As we look back on this event, it’s clear that Bellator 202 was a significant moment in the promotion’s history, featuring thrilling fights and memorable performances from some of the sport’s top athletes.


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