Marloes Coenen and Julia Budd will make history when they square off at Bellator 155 next month.
Officials confirmed in a report with MMAjunkie.com that the two will collide to crown the first-ever Bellator female featherweight champion at the May 20 event from Boise, Idaho. The bout will air live online before the Spike TV televised card takes place.
Coenen (23-6) is a former Strikeforce champion who faced off with Cris “Cyborg” Justino for Invicta FC gold before signing with Bellator. She has won both of her appearances inside the Bellator cage.
Budd (8-2) also has a matching 2-0 record with the promotion. She is on a six-fight win streak dating back to a 2011 loss to Ronda Rousey.
Below is the current lineup:
MAIN CARD (Spike TV/9 p.m. ET)
Bellator Middleweight Championship
Rafael Carvalho (c) vs. Melvin Manhoef
Featherweight: Pat Curran vs. Georgi Karakhanyan
Heavyweight: Dan Charles vs. Augusto Sakai
Lightweight: Marcin Held vs. Dave Jansen
Heavyweight: Joey Beltran vs. Chase Gormley
PRELIMINARY CARD (FightLine.com/6:30 p.m. ET)
Inaugural Female Bantamweight Championship
Marloes Coenen vs. Julia Budd
Bantamweight: Joe Hamilton vs. Tyler Freeland
Flyweight: Veta Arteaga vs. Jackie Vandenburgh
Featherweight: Vince Morales vs. Hamilton Ash
Bantamweight: Brendon Raftery vs. Casey Johnson
Lightweight: Scott Thometz vs. Josh Tyler
Middleweight: Sean Powers vs. Will Noland
Bantamweight: Ricky Steele vs. Erick Cronkhite
Bantamweight: Jesse Brock vs. Olly Bradstreet