Scott Coker and company return to the states with Bellator 249 tonight, Thursday, Oct. 15.
Cyborg is on a two-fight win streak and won the title in her Bellator debut earlier this year. She put away former champion Julia Budd via fourth-round TKO at Bellator 238 this past January.
Blencowe is on a run of her own, unbeaten in her last three appearances. Her last defeat was for the Bellator featherweight championship. She dropped a split decision to Budd at Bellator 189 in December 2017.
Since then, she rattled off three-consecutive wins against Leslie Smith, Amanda Bell and Amber Leibrock.
A battle for a top-five bantamweight spot is on the line as Ricky Bandejas meets Leandro Higo in the co-main even.
Undefeated heavyweight Steve Mowry welcomes Bellator newcomer Shawn Teed. Kicking off the main card is a lightweight clash between Saad Awad and Mandel Nallo.
Bellator 249 results below:
Main Card 10 p.m. ET [CBS Sports Network/DAZN]
Official decision: Cris “Cyborg” def. Arlene Blencowe via submission [rear-naked choke] at 2:36 in round 2.
*”Cyborg” defends the women’s featherweight title for the first time.
Official decision: Leandro Higo def. Ricky Bandejas via submission [rear-naked choke] at 2:32 in round 2.
Official decision: Steve Mowry def. Shawn Teed via TKO at 4:22 in round 2
Official decision: Saad Awad vs. Mandel Nallo is ruled a no contest due to accidental groin shot.
*Awad unable to continue in round one.
Official decision: Andrew Kapel def. Joseph Creer via second-round TKO at 5:00 in round 2.
Official decision: Kemran Lachinov def. Kyle Crutchmer via unanimous decision [29-28 3x]
Official decision: Christian Edwards def. Hamza Salim via submission [rear-naked choke] at 1:28 in round 2.
Official decision : Da’mon Blackshear def. Mike Kimbel via submission [rear-naked choke] at 4:14 in round 2.
Official decision: Aviv Gozali def. Logan Neal via submission [Kimura] at 3:22 in round 1.
Official decision: Albert Gonzalez def. Kastroit Xhema via TKO [retirement] at 5:00 in round 2.
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