Bellator 224: Julia Budd defends her featherweight title against Olga Rubin
Bellator 224: Julia Budd defends her featherweight title against Olga Rubin | Pic: Facebook

MMA event Bellator 224 is held in Thackerville, Oklahoma on July 13 (AEST). Top of the fight-bill on Paramount Network and DAZN features Julia Budd (12-2) in defense of her women’s featherweight title against Olga Rubin (6-0). The championship bout is scheduled for five rounds.

The co-main event pits former Bellator 185-pound champion Rafael Carvalho (15-3) and Chidi Njokuani (18-6, 1 NC). The pair squares off in a three-round battle at middleweight.

Also on the main card Juliana Velasquez (8-0) takes on Kristina Williams (3-1) at women’s flyweight. In addition, Ed Ruth (6-1) faces Kiichi Kunimoto (20-7-2, 1 NC) at welterweight.

The four-fight main card follows the preliminary card comprising twelve matchups, making it a sixteen-fight lineup in total.

The preliminary card is headlined by a light heavyweight encounter featuring Christian Edwards in his MMA debut against Justin Vargas. Also on the night World Champion kickboxer Gabriel Varga makes his MMA debut taking on Jamese Taylor at featherweight.

The complete fight card for Bellator 224 can be found below.

Bellator 224: Budd vs. Rubin

Main Card
Women’s Featherweight Julia Budd vs. Olga Rubin
Middleweight Rafael Carvalho vs. Chidi Njokuani
Women’s Flyweight Juliana Velasquez vs. Kristina Williams
Welterweight Ed Ruth vs. Kiichi Kunimoto

Preliminary Card
Light Heavyweight Christian Edwards vs. Justin Vargas
Lightweight AJ Agazarm vs. Jacob Landin
190-Pound Catchweight Will Fleury vs. Antonio Jones
Lightweight Nainoa Dung vs. Brad Robison
Light Heavyweight Jordan Young vs. Joel Bauman
Women’s Featherweight Leslie Smith vs. Sinead Kavanagh
Featherweight Gabriel Varga vs. Jamese Taylor
165-Pound Catchweight Kiefer Crosbie vs. Mike Jackson
Welterweight Kona Oliveira vs. Joseph Holmes
Women’s Flyweight Bruna Ellen vs. Elina Kallionidou
Women’s Featherweight Arlene Blencowe vs. Amanda Bell
Featherweight Lucas Brennan vs. Thomas Lopez