Kris Cyborg made another dominant performance in one of those careers, and added a new twist by registering her first submission win in 26 Pro bouts, choosing Arlene Blenkowe to successfully defend her Bellator Women’s Federation in the Bellator 249 main event Thursday at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Unsville, Connecticut.
Cyborg bangs his challenger in a one-sided round and a half, fighting Blenkowe in stand-up, fighting before being taken to the canvas and locking in a rear-naked choke to get a tapout at 2:36 of round 2 .
“It’s like a dream come true,” said Cyborg (23-2, 1 NC). “I’m really happy, and excited for the next one.”
Cyborg, who knocked out 18 of his last 22 wins, was the first defenseman of the 145-pound championship he won in his Belter debut in January from Julia Budd. This completed a sweep of all major winged titles in the women’s MMA, as Cyborg previously ruled the UFC, Invicta FC and now Deflect Strikeforce.
A 35-year-old native of Brazil living and training in Southern California, Cyborg suffered just one defeat in 15 years, a TKO loss in 2018 to two-division UFC champion Amanda Nunes, the ESPN women’s Is number 1 in Pound-for-pound ranking. Cyborg is ranked third.
Blencowe (13-8), a 37-year-old Australian from Australia, is a former two-time world champion in pro boxing. But his boxing was never a factor in this fight. Cyborg hurt him in the first round with a sharp combination of leg kicks and punches, and when the Canvas had a fight in two minutes, he seized a dominant position and nearly finished it.
Blencowe survived the bell, but he was harming the goods coming out for the second round. Cyborg yanked him, took him back to the mat and finished him.
This was Blenkowe’s second unsuccessful bid for the Fighterweight title of the belkator women. He lost a split decision to Buddha in 2017.
Earlier in the evening, Fight Card lost its co-main event when Patrick Fryer was pulled from a 159-pound catch weight bout with Jaleel Willis as he fell ill. Mike Mazulli, director of athletic regulation for the Mohegan Tribe, said Fryer was removed from the card “because an illness was related to COVID or weight reduction.”
Later, Fighter’s brother, Bellator men’s featherweight champion Patricio Fryer, wrote on Instagram that he and Patrick’s trainers had called off the fight, adding, “I caught them in a little detour in my room when we were out of the arena. Were about to go out. ”
He said his brother had been seen by two commissioned doctors, had consumed medicine and was feeling well “but was devastated by the cancellation.”