GABBY HOLLOWAY: Seeking the WMMA Bellator Featherweight Title

“Fight me now Julia Budd after a real fight camp and see what happens.” – Gabby Holloway (Bellator Featherweight)

By:  Thomas Vickers (MMA – Journalist)


(QUEEN MMA MEDIA) – Gabrielle “Gabanator” Holloway is hungry for the Bellator Featherweight Title Belt.  She is considerably a more formidable opponent than her 6 – 5 pro record displays.  Gabby produced an outstanding 7 – 0 amateur record before turning pro in August of 2012.  Over the past five and a half years her professional WMMA career has had its ups and downs.  The twenty-seven year old “Gabanator” is currently ranked 11th among WMMA featherweights in the world by Queen MMA Media.   Gabby is a tough competitor who trains out of Evolve Academy, and like most fighters is growing with every bout.

On December 1, 2017 Arlene “Angerfist” Blencowe is scheduled to fight Julia “The Jewel” Budd, the current reigning Bellator Featherweight title holder.  Julia Budd won the inaugural Bellator featherweight world title at Bellator 174 in March of 2017 with a 4th round TKO victory over Marloes “Rumina” Coenen.  Blencowe is presently ranked 12th among the WMMA featherweights in the world by Queen MMA Media.

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Gabby Holloway had lost a close split decision to Arlene Blencowe at Bellator 146 back in April of 2015.  Some WMMA fans say the decision could have gone one way or the other. Now nearly three years later things are shifting in a positive direction for the “Gabanator”.  Holloway’s last fight was a big win at Bellator 174 in March of 2017 over Alexis Dufresne by way of a 2nd round TKO.  What made Gabby’s win so impressive was not only the decisive finish over a highly respected Bellator featherweight, but the fact that Dufresne was coming off a massive victory of her own,  a win by way of 1st round submission over Marloes “Rumina” Coenen at Bellator 155 in May of 2016.

Bellator Featherweight champion Julia Budd is an intimidating fighter who always enters the cage in tremendous physical condition.  Her only losses where almost six years ago against Amanda Nunes and Ronda Rousey, both champion level opponents. Budd is an aggressive and athletic top level combatant who is currently considered the number two WMMA featherweight in the world by Queen MMA Media.

“I really believe if I get enough time to train I could beat Julia Budd,” explains Holloway to Queen MMA Media.

Holloway clearly has her eyes on the Bellator Featherweight title belt.  According to Holloway the last time she fought Julia Budd, the now current Bellator 145 pound champion it was on a ten day notice.  Gabby lost the match via decision, but clearly welcomes an opportunity for a rematch.

“The last chick I fought on Bellator was the number one contender.  I beat her so why didn’t I get the title shot?” states Gabby to Queen MMA Media referring to her TKO victory against Dufresne.

“Fight me now Julia Budd after a real fight camp and see what happens.  You couldn’t finish me on ten days notice.  What will happen to you now after a full fight camp?” exclaimed Holloway in a November 2, 2017 facebook post.


With the title belt being less than a year old Bellator continues to develop the roster of their WMMA featherweight division.  Many WMMA critics see the Bellator featherweight division as being competitive and evenly matched.  Julia Budd defeated Arlene Blencowe with a three round majority decision at Bellator 162 in October of 2016.  Despite Blencowe being worthy opposition, Budd is on an eight fight winning streak and will most likely control the action in the rematch and come out with the victory.  With Blencowe receiving a rematch with Budd it is understandable for Holloway to question as to why she does not get the same opportunity.

Regardless of who wins between Budd and Blencowe, it is not out of the question to consider Holloway a viably potential opponent and a quality contender who seems quite ready to meet the winner in the cage.


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