Adhering to a decline to Cris Cyborg in January that charge her the Bellator featherweight championship, and the onset of the coronavirus lockdowns, for previous titleholder Julia Budd acquiring an prospect to close out her 2020 against Jessy Miele at Bellator 244 previous August was a massive point.
Budd was able to select up a unanimous final decision victory above Miele and get herself back on observe, continuing the pattern of under no circumstances obtaining dropped two fights in a row for the duration of her 11-yr profession.
“I felt like it was magnificent that I was in a position to get again in there after my struggle with Cyborg in early 2020,” Budd told MMAWeekly.com. “I was hoping to get in there even sooner so it’s awesome that I’m again on a single of the early (2021) Bellator playing cards back in there (adhering to the acquire).
“I was content but I definitely wanted the complete in that fight. I constantly want to even do improved than I do, but I was proud of myself.”
In her regular journey to make improvements to, Budd ran into an sudden adjustment she had to make in teaching this previous yr.
“I’m just constantly evolving and receiving superior in each individual facet,” explained Budd. “I practice my wrestling. I practice my ground. I prepare my striking. I’m regularly evolving my techniques so I can go in there and have improved performances and seem for individuals finishes earlier.
“Adjusting from five-spherical fights to a few-spherical fights has been a small bit of adjustment, so it’s been awesome receiving instruction for 3-spherical fights in.”
This Friday in Uncasville, Connecticut, Budd (14-3) will glance to construct a profitable streak for herself when she faces Dayana Silva (9-5) in a preliminary 145-pound bout at Bellator 257.
“I was familiar with her before Bellator stated her, and soon after finding out her and seeing what she does, I experience like my overall practical experience, my power, and how properly-rounded I am as a combined martial artist is likely to perform into how I’m going to get that acquire that night time,” Budd mentioned of experiencing Silva.
“I respect her. I respect the group she comes from. I have viewed she’s been performing MMA for for a longer time than I have, but I’m well prepared and I know I’m likely to go out there and glow.”
Obtaining absent via what she did in 2020, Budd is just looking to approach things a single possibility at a time as she seeks to perform her way back into title contention this calendar year.
“I assume the final calendar year has definitely taught me to choose it one particular struggle at a time, one particular day at a time, so this is the most vital struggle for me, and making certain I make a assertion of who I am and why I was the champ for so very long,” reported Budd. “I’m still tremendous hungry and inspired and I’m not heading anywhere.”