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Alexis Dufresne replaces injured Julia Budd in Bellator Featherweight title fight against Marloes Coenen


Unfortunate news hit Tuesday morning as Julia Budd (8-2, 2-0 in Bellator) has suffered an unknown injury that has forced her from the inaugural  women’s Featherweight championship bout with Marloes Coenen (23-6, 2-0 in Bellato) at Bellator 155.

She will now be replaced by former UFC fighter Alexis Dufresne (5-2) who will also be making her debut for Bellator. Dufresne fought as a Bantamweight while competing in the UFC but competed as a Featherweight and 150 lbs Catchweight bouts prior to competing in the Octagon.

Coenen, who is a  former Strikeforce champion and Invicta FC title challenger, enters the bout on a 4-1 run, which includes recent submission victories over Annalisa Bucci and Arlene Blencowe in her first two Bellator bouts. A fight prior, the 35-year-old Dutch fighter and 16-year pro suffered an Invicta FC title loss Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino.

Bellator 155 takes place May 20 at CenturyLink Arena in Boise. The main card airs on Spike following prelims on

The rest of the card features:

MAIN CARD (Spike, 9 p.m. ET)


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