Bellator 224: Budd vs. Rubin Main Card:
Julia Budd (13-2) defeated Olga Rubin (6-1) via TKO (strikes) at 2:14 of round one to retain world title
Rafael Carvalho (16-3) defeated Chidi Njokuani (18-7, 1 NC) via unanimous decision (29-28 x3).
Juliana Velasquez (9-0) defeated Kristina Williams (3-2) via TKO (punches) at 4:03 of round two
Ed Ruth (7-1) defeated Kiichi Kunimoto (20-8-2, 1 NC) via TKO (punches) at 3:49 of round two
Christian Edwards (1-0) defeated Justin Vargas (3-2) via TKO (punches) at 0:54 of round one
AJ Agazarm (1-1) defeated Jacob Landin (0-2) via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:21 of round one
Will Fleury (6-1) defeated Antonio Jones (7-3) via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
Arlene Blencowe (12-7) defeated Amanda Bell (6-6) via KO (punches) at 0:22 of round one
Jordan Young (11-0) defeated Joel Bauman (3-1) via submission (triangle choke) at 3:20 of round one
Leslie Smith (11-7-1) defeated Sinead Kavanagh (5-4) via majority decision (28-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Mike Jackson (13-12) defeated Kiefer Crosbie (6-1) via DQ (illegal knee)
Gabriel Varga (1-0) defeated Jamese Taylor (0-1) via TKO (strikes) at 3:23 of round two
Nainoa Dung (3-0) defeated Brad Robison (3-1) via unanimous decision (28-27, 28-27, 28-27
Joseph Holmes (1-1) defeated Kona Oliveira (1-2) via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:41 of round two
Bruna Ellen (5-2) defeated Elina Kallionidou (7-3) via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Lucas Brennan (1-0) defeated Thomas Lopez (1-5) via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:02 of round one
LOS ANGELES – The line-up for Bellator 224: Budd vs. Rubin event has been completed with a title fight and 16 electric bouts in total filling out Bellator’s return to WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Okla. this Friday, June 12.
The star-studded card is headlined by a women’s featherweight title fight between current Bellator women’s featherweight world champion Julia Budd (12-2) defending her belt against Israel’s undefeated Olga Rubin (6-0), as well as two of the sport’s best middleweights, former Bellator 185-pound kingpin Rafael Carvalho (15-3) and Chidi Njokuani (18-6, 1 NC).
The main card of Bellator 224 will air on Paramount Network and DAZN at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT, while preliminary action begins at 6:45 p.m. ET/3:45 p.m. PT and will also stream on DAZN or globally on the Bellator Mobile App.
The main card also features a women’s flyweight contest between undefeated Juliana Velasquez (8-0) and Oklahoma’s own Kristina “Warhorse” Williams (3-1). Additionally, fans will see an intriguing welterweight bout featuring Ed Ruth (6-1) welcoming former UFC competitor Kiichi Kunimoto (20-7-2, 1 NC) to the Bellator cage.
Preliminary action for Bellator 224 is also must-see and features many of Bellator’s rising stars. Those who tune in will see bouts highlighted by highly-touted Jackson Wink-prospect Christian Edwards and Bellator Kickboxing featherweight champion Gabriel Varga making their professional MMA debuts, as well as the return of two Hawaiian-based fighters in their second Bellator appearance, when both Nainoa Dung (2-0) and Kona Oliveira (1-1) return to action.
Familiar faces in AJ Agazarm (0-1), Jordan Young (10-0) Kiefer Crosbie (6-0), Will Fleury (5-1), and Bruna Ellen (4-2) will all also compete, while former The Ultimate Fighter participant Leslie Smith (10-7-1) will make her promotional debut against Ireland’s Sinead Kavanagh (5-3). Lastly, a third women’s 145-pound fight will emanate from Thackerville, Okla. when former title challenger Arlene Blencowe (11-7) meets “The Lady Killer” Amanda Bell (6-5).