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Bellator 279: Cris Cyborg batters Arlene Blencowe to defend featherweight crown

Cris Cyborg piled up the points on a gritty Arlene Blencowe to rack up her fourth consecutive featherweight title defence Saturday night at Bellator 279.

Cyborg (26-2-0, 1NC) knocked down Blencowe (15-9-0) in the first round with a massive right hand but could not put away the stubborn Australian who landed some shots of her own in a 49-45, 49-45, 49-45 unanimous decision victory in the main event rematch.

Unlike their first encounter, Blencowe stood in the pocket and tried to match the firepower of Cyborg, and even made Cyborg take a knee in the third round after landing. But Cyborg was never in any trouble, using a suplex in the fourth round, numerous leg kicks and strikes to discolour the legs of Blencowe and bloody her face.

Referee Jason Herzog docked Cyborg one point for an illegal knee by Cyborg after she knocked Blencowe down in the first round.

After the fight, Cyborg said she would like to box in her next contest, something that Bellator president Scott Coker supported as well. With six consecutive wins under her belt, Cyborg seems to have earned the right to enter the boxing ring.

 

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the main card.

MAIN CARD 

YANCY MEDIEROS VS. EMMANUEL SANCHEZ 

WINNER: YANCY MEDEIROS VIA UD (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

Andrews: Good win for Yancy. He needed that big time.

ILIMA-LEI MACFARLANE VS. JUSTINE KISH

WINNER: JUSTINE KISH VIA UD (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ILIMA-LEI MACFARLANE VIA UD 

 

Andrews: Wow! I was expecting Macfarlane to win handily.

PATCHY MIX VS. KYOJI HORIGUCHI

 

WINNER: PATCHY MIX VIA UD (48-47, 48-47, 48-47)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: PATCHY MIX VIA SUBMISSION

Andrews: Mix was careful to use his grappling.

#1 JUAN ARCHULETA VS. #3 RAUFEON STOTS 

WINNER: RAUGEON STOTA VIA KO (HEAD KICK AND ELBOWS) R3 0:16

ANDREWS PREDICTION: RAUFEON STOTS VIA UD

 

Andrews: Stots came through with an amazing finish.

MAIN EVENT

CRIS CYBORG VS. #1 ARLENE BLENCOWE

 

WINNER: CRIS CYBORG VIA UD (49-45, 49-45, 49-45) 

ANDREWS PREDICTION: CRIS CYBORG VIA UD

 

Andrews: Give Blencowe credit. She was willing to engage this time, which created openings for Cyborg but am still surprised Cyborg wasn’t able to put her away. Cyborg is more careful, as mentioned previously.

The next Bellator event is Bellator 280, which is scheduled for May 6 at the AccorHotel in Paris, France. Ryan Bader defends his heavyweight belt against Cheick Kongo in the main event.

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KenaiAndrews
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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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