By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Cristiane “Chris Cyborg” Justino defeated Arlene Blencowe in a dominant performance at the Bellator MMA main event on early Friday morning at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.
The fight was stopped in the second round at 2:36. Cyborg won via a submission (rear-naked choke).
Cyborg defended her Bellator Women’s Featherweight Championship with this win. She captured the belt over Julia Budd in January 2020 in a fourth-round TKO in Inglewood, California.
“Glory to God,” Cyborg said following her win on Instagram.
With the win, Cyborg is now 23-2-1 in her MMA career. She has won both of her fights since joining Bellator MMA.
Cyborg has now won three straight bouts, including her last fight with the UFC promotion. She won via a unanimous decision over Felicia Spencer at UFC 240 on July 27, 2019.
This is Cyborg’s first career submission in 26 fights. She also won 18 bouts by knockout and an additional four bouts by decision.
Blencowe had her three fight win streak snapped with this loss. This was the fifth-time that she lost a bout by submission.
It was her first submission loss since she was defeated by Marloes Coenen at Bellator 141 in August 2015. She lost the bout to Coenen via a submission (arm bar).
The loss dropped Blencowe to 13-8 in her MMA career. Five of her eight losses have come via submission, while the other three have come via a decision.
The loss dropped Blencowe to 8-4 in Bellator MMA since August 2015.
“Oh well, I live to fight another day,” Blencowe wrote on Instagram. “Much love everyone. I’ll get back to replying to you all in the coming days.”
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