Confident she would have her hand raised after a tight and tense title fight against Canadian Julia Budd at Bellator 189, Blencowe’s excitement quickly turned to bitter disappointment. “Obviously I feel like I won but like the old adage goes, ‘to be the champ you have to beat the champ decisively’,” Blencowe said in a Facebook post after the fight. “I guess two of the judges didn’t agree. In saying that, I feel I shut all the ladies in my division up that said I didn’t deserve the shot and I’ll happily shut it up in the cage. “I don’t think there is much point asking for the rematch as I don’t think Julia would take it, but I’m sure I’ll see her for the belt again real soon.” Budd defended her Bellator belt for the first time, collecting a split decision (49-46, 47-48, 49-46) at the Winstar World Casino & Resort in Thackerville, Oklahoma. But it wasn’t without controversy, with many experts believing Blencowe won the bout. Bellator commentator Jimmy Smith was most vocal, expecting to hear “And New” when the decision was rendered. Todd Anderson and David Sutherland awarded the fight to Budd 49-46, while Michael Bell gave it to Blencowe 48-47. MMA Junkie wrote “Did champ Julia Budd deserve this win over Arlene Blencowe?” Even Bellator officials felt Blencowe was victorious, shaking the hand of her coach Shaun Sullivan with the words “congratulations” seconds before the decision was handed down. UFC star Tyson Pedro, who sat in the corner of the Manly featherweight, was adamant his fellow Lions High Performance Centre teammate had earned the belt. “We were certain we were bringing a world champion back to our gym,” Sullivan said. “Arlene asked Tyson ‘did I win the fight’ and he said ‘you’re the new champ, start smiling’. “It was a robbery.” Budd admitted she was nervous about the result. “She wins a lot of close decisions,” Budd told The Province. “So I was worried that the judges might have seen something — because she comes forward, I think that looks to them like she’s doing a lot, but I re-watched the fight and she’s throwing at the air and I was landing more clean shots. I knew I won, but I was worried that the judges might have given it to her.” Budd, who