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Rivalries: Julia Budd

An opportunity at a seven-figure payday serves as extra motivation for Julia Budd, a martial artist in her late 30s with little else left to accomplish.

The former Bellator MMA champion will open her first full season on the Professional Fighters League women’s lightweight roster when she meets Genah Fabian as part of the PFL 3 undercard on Friday at Esports Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Budd, 38, has rattled off 14 wins across her past 15 appearances, a January 2020 knockout loss to Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino the lone hiccup. She made her PFL debut on Oct.