podcast : Julia "the Jewel" Budd - Bellator MMA champ
On this episode, my guest of honour is 3x Bellator MMA champion Julia "the Jewel" Budd. Julia is currently the #2 ranked 145 pound female MMA fighter in the WORLD and #1 ranked 145 pound Bellator female fighter.
Hear Julia's story of fighting, faith and family.
Julia shares her two cents on the MMA scene here in the Lower Mainland, what she's learned through her wins and losses and how she balances compassion and fighting. We discuss the dynamics of working, training and living with family and there may or may not be a guest appearance by Lance Jr.
Julia grew up in Sechelt, BC where she first discovered kickboxing at age 15. She fell in love with the sport and was immediately hooked. Not long after she began competing and made it pro in the kickboxing scene. This hometown hero has stayed true to her roots, loyally training at Gibsons MMA, here in Port Moody, BC.
Julia has a lengthy catalog of fighters she's faced and we gotta acknowledge the fact that she is the ONLY woman to defeat American Gina Carano in Muay Thai. She's also fought Rhonda Rousey, Amanda Nunes and Talita Nogueira.
But Julia is more than the people she's fought. She is more than her sport. She is a teacher, a student, a wife and a daughter.
I hope you enjoy hearing Julia's story as much as I did.
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