Sources: Young to replace Budd in Harrison bout


A scheduled battle between a former Bellator champion and a defending PFL champ should wait.

Former Bellator ladies’s featherweight champion Julia Budd is out of a deliberate July 1 bout towards Kayla Harrison in PFL because of an undisclosed harm, sources advised ESPN. In Budd’s place will step ladies’s MMA pioneer Kaitlin Younger, sources stated.

Harrison vs. Younger, a regular-season ladies’s light-weight matchup, is about to be the principle occasion of PFL 6 in Atlanta.

ESPN has Harrison ranked No. 8 on this planet on its pound-for-pound ladies’s MMA listing. The 2-time defending PFL ladies’s light-weight champion has gained two Olympic gold medals in judo and is undefeated in MMA.

Harrison (13-0) is coming off a unanimous choice win over Marina Mokhnatkina on Could 6, giving her three factors within the PFL ladies’s light-weight common season. The Ohio native, who lives and trains in Florida, is second in PFL’s present divisional standings.

Harrison, 31, had completed 5 straight fights earlier than Mokhnatkina. Younger (12-12-1), a league alternate this season, went 1-2 in PFL final season, together with a loss to Budd final October. The 36-year-old Minnesota native has a placing background — together with a black belt in taekwondo — and has been a professional MMA fighter since 2007.

Budd (16-4), misplaced her first battle this season to Genah Fabian, however was granted three factors because of Fabian’s weight miss. Mathematically, the 38-year-old Canadian fighter might nonetheless make the playoffs, particularly if one other fighter falls out, however it’s unlikely.

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