Julia Budd has a new adversary for her first Bellator bout. | Photo: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
An injury has forced unbeaten Brazilian Talita Nogueira to withdraw from her Bellator 133 clash with Julia Budd.
As a result, Gabrielle Holloway will face Budd on short notice on the Feb. 13 card. Promotion officials announced the change in the featherweight contest on Tuesday. Bellator 133 takes place at Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif., and is headlined by a middleweight showdown between Melvin Manhoef and Alexander Shlemenko.
After more than a year layoff, Holloway returned to the cage on Jan. 24, scoring a third-round technical knockout triumph over Lacie Jackson at Rumble at Raxx 23. The 24-year-old Rhoadesville, Va., native is 4-1 since beginning her professional career in August 2012.
Budd is coming off a 4-0 stint in Invicta Fighting Championships. Most recently, the 31-year-old Canadian outpointed Charmaine Tweet at Invicta FC 7 more than a year ago. Prior to that, “The Jewel” went 2-2 in Strikeforce, including losses to current UFC talents Ronda Rousey and Amanda Nunes.