10 MMA Stars Who Dated Their Coaches

10. Julia Budd & Lance Gibson

Julia 'The Jewel' Budd is a former Bellator champion who has faced some of the sport's biggest stars. The 36-year-old Canadian has shared the cage with Ronda Rousey, Amanda Nunes, and Cris Cyborg. In recent years, the talented featherweight has been widely considered one top fighter in her division.

Budd also happens to be married to her longtime trainer and former UFC fighter, Lance Gibson. He is the head of Gibson Kickboxing and Pankration. As a fighter, Gibson is perhaps best known for his UFC 29 bout with the legendary Evan Tanner.

His son (Budd's stepson), Lance Gibson Jr. also competes for Bellator MMA.

Given that 'The Jewel' is a top-tier fighter with a 13-3 professional record and a former Bellator titleholder, it's fair to say that this fighter/coach has worked out well.


From 1999-2003 Jacques performed on the Florida independent pro wrestling circuit. He also has an amateur wrestling background and currently holds a certification in Krav Maga. Jacques graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2003, with a bachelor's degree in Political Science. He currently resides in Chicago, Illinois. Follow him on twitter @goodeals79.