Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Julia Budd vs Talita Nogueira added to Feb. 13 Bellator show

Talita Nogueira
Bellator announced yesterday that Canadian Julia Budd vs Brazilian Talita Nogueira has been added to Bellator 133 Feb. 13 at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, CA. Julia is from Port Moody, BC. Her record is 6-2 and the last time we saw her she beat Charmaine Tweet on the Dec. 7, 2013 Invicta show. She won all four of her Invicta fights but I don't think her opposition was top quality. Julia is a great kickboxer but she's not very good on the ground. Talita is from Sao Paulo, Brazil and trains at Gracie Fusion. Her MMA record is 6-0 but the combined record of her opponents is 1-7. So as an MMA fighter, I would describe her as unproven. However, she has been competing in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu since 2007 and she won the 2011 World Jiu Jitsu Championship in her weight class which is 163lb. She drops to 145 for MMA. Back in the summer, she was in talks with the UFC to drop to 135. But when Scott Coker took over Bellator and got back into women's MMA, her manager got a call and she signed with Bellator so she could stay at 145. Talita has the kind of ground skills that could give Julia a lot of trouble. I haven't seen her striking but these elite BJJ competitors want to be complete MMA fighters so I'm sure Talita works on her striking daily. Julia will want to keep Talita standing at a distance. That could be a tough task for her. This could be an interesting fight.

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