If you drive past Gibson Kickboxing and Pankration in Port Moody, you may be greeted at their health bar by Julia, one of the instructors who will happily make you a smoothie for your trouble. Be thankful you’re on her good side, and make sure to leave a good tip. “Julia,” in this case is Julia Budd, an accomplished kickboxer and professional Mixed Martial Artist who is one of the best in the world at what she does.
In a previous Vancity Buzz article, we looked at Budd’s return to an MMA Cage for Invicta Fighting Championship in July. That night saw her victorious in the second round over Sweden’s Elina Nilsson, raising her rank to 5th in the world amongst Featherweights (145 lbs.)
Budd (3-2, 1-0 in 2012,) nicknamed “The Jewel,” will be back in action this Saturday night against England’s Danielle “Honey Badger” West (4-2, 1-1 in 2012) at Invicta FC 3. West steps in on short notice to fight Budd (Original opponent Elaina Maxwell was forced out after suffering a concussion in training last week.)
While West is currently ranked outside the top-10 in the women’s Featherweight MMA rankings, there is much more riding on this fight for Budd. Eagle Eyed statisticians will note that technically, Budd won Invicta’s first ever fight contested at 145. Two matches were booked for the first Invicta event back in April, however, both had to be contested at catchweights because one fighter from each bout did not make weight. A win on Saturday will put Budd at 2-0 for 2012, and more importantly, must put her in line to contend for a Featherweight title shot when the call comes to crown a champion in that division.
Julia Budd’s fight leads off the eight fight main card, headlined by the promotion’s first ever title bout pitting American Jessica Penne against undefeated Japanese fighter Naho Sugiyama for the Atomweight (105 lb) championship.
The event will be broadcast free of charge from the Memorial Hall in Kansas City, KS on InvictaFC.com starting at 4 PM. Budd’s fight is the first of the main card, which is scheduled to start at approximately 6 PM once all of the preliminary fights have completed.
To find out about her Invicta trip, and the fight from Julia Budd’s vantagepoint, you can follow her on Twitter @JuliaBudd.
PHOTO CREDIT – JANET MARTIN / INVICTA FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIPS