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Julia Budd vs. Dayana Silva, Pedro Carvalho vs. Jay Jay Wilson official for Bellator 257 – MMA Root

Former Bellator featherweight champion Julia Budd and recent featherweight title challenger Pedro Carvalho will return to the Bellator cage next week.

On Tuesday, MMA Fighting officials confirmed to officials that Budd (14-3) will face Dayana Silva (9-5) and Carvalho (11-4) will face undefeated Jay Jay Wilson (7-0) in Bellator 257’s preview. April. 16 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.

It was originally reported that Budd will face Silva this Friday, but the fight has been postponed for a week. Carvalho’s fight has also been changed since he was originally supposed to fight Daniel Weichel. It is not yet known why Carvalho’s match-up was changed.

MMA Junkie was the first to announce the updates.

Budd is pursuing his second straight win since losing the featherweight belt to Chris Cyborg last January. She rebounded by decision over Jesse Miele in Bellator 244 to claim her 12th win in 13 fights.

This will be Silva’s Bellator debut. The Brazilian was unable to earn a contract with the UFC for Dana WhiteContender Series back in 2018, but since playing for Shooto Brazil has increased 2: 1.

Carvalho hopes to recover from his first defeat in three years. At the Bellator World Featherweight Grand Prix, Carvalho defeated Sam Sicily in the first round and lost to champion Patricio Freire in the quarterfinals. Prior to this defeat, he was 4-0 in the Bellator cage.

Wilson made his debut at Bellator 201 in June 2018. Since then, he has participated in the promotion six times and finished four of those opponents in the first round. In his last fight at Bellator 257, it took Wilson just 20 seconds to knock out Sergio de Bari.

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