Bellator MMA will no longer crown a women’s featherweight champion at this month’s Bellator 155.
The organization on Tuesday announced that an injury has forced Julia Budd to withdraw from her clash with Marloes Coenen, which would have seen one woman walk away as Bellator’s inaugural 145-pound female titleholder. The nature of Budd’s injury was not specified.
Coenen will instead meet former UFC competitor Alexis Dufresne on the undercard of Bellator 155, which takes place May 20 at CenturyLink Arena in Boise, Idaho. The matchup will be contested at 145 pounds, though the title will no longer be up for grabs.
Coenen, 35, is a former Strikeforce titlist and the centerpiece of Bellator’s burgeoning women’s division. The Dutch submission specialist is 4-1 in her last five outings, with the only loss coming against old rival and current Invicta FC featherweight champ Cristiane Justino. “Rumina” last saw action in August 2015, when she scored a second-round submission of Arlene Blencowe at Bellator 141.
Dufresne, 25, enters her Bellator debut looking to snap the two-fight losing streak which saw her evicted from the UFC in 2015. The “Sneaky Zebra” was slated to face Blencowe last May at Bellator 137, but Dufresne withdrew from the matchup after becoming pregnant.