Cris Cyborg has once again added another element to the most impressive summary in women’s MMA history.
The only fighter of both sexes to hold championships in four major promotions, Cyborg (23-2 MMA, 2-0 BMA) made the first successful defense of his Bellator featherweight title on Thursday night and scored the first victory of his career in process.
Cyborg sent Australian Arlene Blanc with a rear throttle to 2:36 in the second round to keep her seat in the Bellator 249 main event at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn
“I’m really working hard because I had my first application in MMA,”
There seemed little doubt about the outcome of the battle from the beginning. The cyborg initiated the action by moving forward and landing kicks with his feet. Blanco (13-8 MMA, 6-4 BMMA) made an attempt to prevent the whirlwind of cyborgs, but in response there was fierce pressure.
The cyborg overtook Blanco 62-4 in the course of the battle. When she put Blankou on the mat in the first, she telegraphed her intentions by going to choke. She didn’t get it there. But in the second, the Cyborg got down, rained down from a full set, and finally got an opening for its RNC final.
Cyborg’s first career victory was her 19th career finish. Blencoweha series of three games to win.
Full results Bellator 249:
- Cris Cyborg defeats Arlene Blencowe by pass (suffocated goal from behind) – Round, 2:36 – retains the light heavyweight title
- Leandro Higo defeats Ricky Bandehas by passing (suffocated from behind) – Round 2, 2:32
- Steve Mowry defeats Sean Teed through TKO (knee and punch) – Round 1, 4:22
- Saad Awad vs. Mandel Nalo is ruled without competition (accidental groin strike) – Round 1, 1:44
- Andrew Capelle defeated Joseph Creer through TKO (stop doctor) – 2nd round, 5:00
- Kemran Lachinov defeats Kyle Crutchmer by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Christian Edwards defeated Hamza Salim by passing (suffocated goal from behind) – 2nd round, 1:28
- Da’Mon Blackshear defeats Mike Kimbel by passing (rear throttle) – Round 2, 4:14
- Aviv Gozali defeated Logan Neil by pass (Kimura) – Round 1, 3:22
- Albert Gonzalez defeats Kastriot Xhema through TKO (retirement) – 2nd round, 5:00