Saturday, February 14, 2015

Big Bad Blog Video Theater-Julia Budd vs Gabrielle Holloway

Here's the match video of Julia Budd vs Gabrielle Holloway from last night's Bellator show in Fresno, CA. This fight is wretched. I am posting it for two reasons. It was on the main card on Spike TV and I know fans outside North America didn't get to see it. The big problem with this fight was Julia's original opponent Talita Nogueira blew out her knee. She could have won this fight. So they brought in Holloway who was ranked ninth at 145lb. This is why rankings are useless. Look, they don't hire her if she isn't ranked. But I don't think anyone knew she would be this bad. Julia won so easily that one of the judges scored it 30-24 which is unheard of. But it was very similar to her lay and pray snoozefest win over Germaine De Randamie back in the Strikeforce days. Most fighters would go for a finish. But she seems to like to play it safe and just ride out a win over a clearly inferior opponent. Even her corner was yelling at her to finish. Fans got a little excited when Holloway got a takedown at the beginning of round three. But it led nowhere because Julia was a lot stronger than her. It was bad but 30-24 lays all the blame at Holloway's feet. And Julia didn't even try to finish. So I scored it 30-26. There is such a thing as dominant and disappointing. I can't believe a fighter would be satisfied with a win like that...but some are. That Holloway was ranked ninth makes me think that there is very little talent at 145lb. If that is true, I don't even know why Bellator is bothering with any kind of women's MMA. They couldn't have been very happy with this fight. it's starting to look very bush league over there and I don't know if they can do anything about it. Scott Coker really likes Marloes Coenen. Enjoy the video if you can.
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