Bellator 174: “Coenen vs. Budd” comes to WinStar World Casino and Resort on March 3, 2017. A fight over a year in the making will see MMA legend Marloes Coenen face the streaking Julia Budd, who could get her eighth straight win and the inaugural 145-pound title in the process.
As with the last two Bellator cards though, expected fights for the live broadcast on Spike are changing the same week the event takes place. This time it’s Kendall “Da Spyder” Grove (23-16-1) who gets a new opponent on short notice, previously slated to face Chris “The Cutt” Honeycutt.
Although the reason for Honeycutt’s withdrawal has not been disclosed, Bellator officials did confirm that his replacement is Mike “Biggie” Rhodes (10-4). Rhodes had an unsuccessful three fight stint in UFC which ended in 2014, but has since run off four wins on the minor circuit.
To run his winning streak to five he’ll need to overcome a big size differential in his Middleweight tilt, as Grove stands 6’6” with a 79” wingspan, while Rhodes gives up 5” in both height and reach. Grove has also been improving as a striker, scoring knockouts in two of his last three fights.
The revised card for Bellator 174 as it stands now can be found below.
Bellator 174 "Coenen vs. Budd" (Spike TV):
Featherweight: Marloes Coenen vs. Julia Budd
Welterweight: Brandon Girtz vs. Fernando Gonzalez
Middleweight: Mike Rhodes vs. Kendall Grove
Bantamweight: Steve Garcia vs. Joe Taimanglo
Bellator 174 "Prelims" Card (Spike.com):
Lightweight: Cody Pfister vs. Jonathan Gary
Welterweight: Jason Witt vs. Justin Patterson
Featherweight: Emmanuel Rivera vs. Treston Thomison
Middleweight: Rafael Lovato Jr. vs. Wayman Carter
Heavyweight: Justin Wren vs. Roman Pizzolato
Featherweight: Alexis Dufresne vs. Gabrielle Holloway
Flyweight: Emily Ducote vs. Katy Collins
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