Lance Gibson Jr. and Julia Budd both took home wins at Bellator 257.
It may have been close at the end, but this may in fact be the first time a stepmother and stepson combo both won on a major MMA show. That’s exactly what happened with Lance Gibson Jr. and his stepmother Julia Budd, who both took home wins at Bellator 257.
Budd is married to Lance Gibson Sr., a Canadian MMA pioneer as described by Bellator announcer Mauro Ranallo. Lance Sr’s son, Lance Jr, has been training in combat sports since the age of two, according to the Bellator announcer. Those two on their own are pretty well entrenched in the world of MMA, and then Lance Sr. married Budd, a hall of fame talent in her own right.
Coming into Bellator 257, Lance Jr. was pitted against Marcus Surin, who the younger Gibson was able to dispatch to earn the unanimous decision. This was Lance Jr’s second Bellator win and his career record is now 4-0. He’s seen by some as a rising prospect at only 26 years old.
For Budd, every fight that’s not against Cris “Cyborg” Justino is a fight that’s undeserved. After losing to Justino, Budd wanted an immediate rematch but instead was given Jessy Miele, whom she took the distance to win by unanimous decision. Then came unranked Dayana Silva, who was 9-5 heading into the fight. Silva did a lot to get noticed and nearly took the win herself, losing via split decision.
Budd now stands at 15-3, with her only losses in MMA coming to Amanda Nunes, Ronda Rousey, and Justino. Budd’s already the number one ranked challenger to Justino’s title and is just waiting to get another shot at the woman who took her belt. Justino has a title fight on May 21, 2021, against Leslie Smith, so Budd should be next in line after that.
It’s very rare that family win on MMA cards. The Nemkov’s weren’t able to both win at Bellator 257, but the father/son combo of Antonio and AJ McKee both won their fights at Bellator 226.