It was the same old cyborg. It was a brand new cyborg.
Chris Cyborg presented another dominant performance in a career full of them, adding a new twist by scoring his first win in 26 professional bouts, suffocating Arlene Blanc to successfully defend his Bellator welterweight title in the main event. of Bellator 249 on Thursday at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.
The cyborg hit his challenger in the one-and-a-half-and-a-half lap, bleeding Blencoe in the fight before taking her to the sail and locking it in the rear bare throttle valve to get the connection at 2:36 in the second round.
“It’s a dream come true,” said Cyborg (23-2, 1 NC). “I̵
The cyborg, who has knocked out 18 of his previous 22 wins, makes his first defense in the 145-pound championship, which he won against Julia Bud in January in his Bellator debut. This ended up clearing all the major welterweight titles in women’s MMA, as Cyborg had previously ruled the UFC, Invicta FC and the now defunct Strikeforce.
A 35-year-old Brazilian-born who lives and trains in Southern California, Cyborg has suffered just one defeat in 15 years, losing to TKO in 2018 by UFC two-league champion Amanda Nunes, who is No. 1 in the ESPN Women’s Ranking for pound for pound. Cyborg is ranked third.
Blanco (13-8), 37, from Australia, is a former two-time world champion in professional boxing. But her boxing has never been a factor in this battle. The cyborg injured her in the first round with kicks and quick combinations of punches, and when the champion reached the battle to the sail only two minutes later, she took a dominant position and almost finished it then.
Blankou survived by the bell, but it was damaged goods coming out for the second round. The cyborg buried her, put her back on the mat, and finished her.
This was Blanco’s second unsuccessful candidacy for the title in the women’s pen of Bellator. She lost a separate decision from Budd in 2017.
Earlier in the evening, the battle card lost its side event when Patrick Freire was taken out of his 159-pound bout with Jalil Willis because he fell ill. Mike Matsuli, director of athletic regulation at the Mohegan tribe, said Freire was removed from the map “due to an illness unrelated to COVID or weight loss”.
The fighter’s brother, Bellator welterweight champion Patricio Freire, later wrote on Instagram that he and Patrick’s coaches had stopped fighting, saying: “I caught him in his room a little dizzy just as we were about to enter the arena. “
He said his brother had been seen by two commission doctors, treated and felt well “but overwhelmed by the cancellation”.