THACKERVILLE, Okla. – Bellator 224 will feature a handful of firsts for Olga Rubin.
In her first title shot, the Israel-based fighter will be the first to represent the country in a title fight for Bellator. And the bout will be Rubin’s first in the United States.
Bellator 224 takes place Friday at WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Okla. The main card airs on Paramount following prelims on MMA Junkie.
Rubin (6-0 MMA, 3-0 BMMA) will take on champion Julia Budd (12-2 MMA, 6-0 BMMA) in the main event of the evening.
“I’m really excited to get back in there,” Rubin told MMA Junkie. “I had the most amazing training camp. I’m just finding the team that makes me feel amazing and very cohesive. They make me as well-rounded as best they can. I’m just truly excited to go there and showcase what I’ve done.
“I’m so excited. It’s my first time even being in the States. Fighting in the USA for the title – it’s just amazing.”
While Rubin is undefeated as a professional, her opponent, Canada’s Budd, houses much more experience and has not lost a Bellator fight. In fact, the only two losses on Budd’s resume came in 2011 – to current UFC dual champion Amanda Nunes and former champ Ronda Rousey.
But Rubin draws inspiration from her belief no one is unbeatable.
“Just about no one is undefeated, really,” Rubin said. “No one is unbeatable. Just look at Amanda (Nunes) beating (Cris) Cyborg when she was ‘unbeatable.’”
Rubin only has competed in MMA for less than three years. When she reflects on her professional career, Rubin recognized just how far she’s come since her pro debut in November 2016.
Gaining confidence was the biggest challenge, but now Rubin said she lacks none.
“When I started, 2016 was my first pro fight,” Rubin said. “I didn’t see myself as getting an option to getting to that position where I could be a champion. I didn’t have any confidence in myself. (But I) just went immediately at it. I was just going to learn as I go. I had to find the confidence in myself.
“And after the Cindy Dandois fight, I was like, ‘You know, what? I can stand with a champion, and I can beat her. Nothing can stop me.’”
Win or lose, Rubin expects the headliner against Budd to be an all-out war – one that won’t go to the judges’ scorecards.
“It’s going to be a clash of the titans,” Rubin said. “Julia is really hungry for that win. I’m really hungry for that win. I’m like a wolf foaming at the mouth. I’m extremely hungry. I think it will end with a KO.”
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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