Who is next for Bellator women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg?
Cyborg (25-2-0) used a right hand to quickly knock Irish challenger Sinead Kavanagh (7-5-0) down and then swarmed on her to force referee Jason Herzog to call the bout at just 1:32 of the very first frame.
That makes it 20 KO's for the champ. #Bellator271
— BellatorMMA (@BellatorMMA) November 13, 2021
It was her 20th knockout victory for Cyborg, who has now won five straight bouts since her shocking loss to Amanda Nunes at UFC 232.
— @CrisCyborg.com on Showtime #Bellator271 (@criscyborg) November 13, 2021
Watching cageside was PFL women’s featherweight champion and current free agent Kayla Harrison, who was featured on the broadcast. Sheis expected to talk to Bellator CEO Scott Coker about joining the promotion.
— sinead kavanaghKO (@sineadkavanagh0) November 13, 2021
In the post-fight press conference, Cyborg indicated she was open to a bout with Harrison.
In other bouts:
CRIS CYBORG DEF. SINEAD KAVANAGH VIA KO (PUNCHES) R1 1:32
LINTON VASSELL DEF. TYRELL FORTUNE VIA SD (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
AARON PICO DEF. JUSTIN GONZALES VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
ARLENE BLENCOWE DE. PAM SORENSON VIA UD (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
STEVE MOWRY DEF. RAKIM CLEVELAND VIA SUBMISSION (KIMURA) R1 3:28
BRUNA ELLEN DEF. DESIREE YANEZ VIA SD (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
ROMAN FARALDO DEF. ROBERT TURNQUEST VIA KO (FLYING KNEE) R1 1:17
CODY LAW DEF. COLTON HAMM VIA KO (ELBOWS) R1 4:21
VALERIE LOUREDA DEF. TAYLOR TURNER VIA SD (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
WALDO CORTES-ACOSTA DEF. MUHAMMED DEREESE VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
ETHAN HUGHES DEF. MAHMOUD SEBIE VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R3 4:05