Canadian Julia Budd won the women’s featherweight title with a TKO victory over Marloes Coenen on Friday at Bellator 174.
The 33-year-old from Port Moody, B.C., is the promotion’s inaugural featherweight champion.
Referee John McCarthy stopped the match at the 2:42 mark of the fourth round with Budd throwing punches from a mounted position on Coenen.
Budd has won eight straight, in Bellator and Invicta, since losing to (Rowdy) Ronda Rousey in Strikeforce in November 2011.
Her only other loss was in January 2011 to Amanda Nunes, who like Rousey, went on to win the UFC title.
Main Card (9pm EST., Spike TV)
Julia Budd def. Marloes Coenen by TKO via strikes (2:42, R4) to win the Bellator MMA Women’s Featherweight Title
Fernando Gonzalez def. (LW) Brandon Girtz by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-27, 30-26)
Justin Wren def. Roman Pizzolato by submission via arm triangle choke (2:35, R1)
Rafael Lovato Jr def. Charles Hackmann by TKO via strikes (0:13, R1)
Preliminary Card (7pm EST., Bellator.com)
Emmanuel Rivera def. Tristen Thomison by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
Gabrielle Holloway def. Alexis Dufresne by TKO via strikes (2:53, R2)
Cody Pfister def. Jonathan Gary by submission via rear naked choke (4:04, R1)
Emily Ducote def. Katy Collins by submission via rear naked choke (4:53, R1)
Justin Patterson def. Jason Witt by TKO via strikes (0:13, R3)