Bellator MMA will host Bellator 259 tonight from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut as the promotion’s women’s featherweight champion, Cristiane Justino, also known as Cris Cyborg, looks to successfully defend her title against Leslie Smith in the night’s main event.
The bout will be Cyborg’s second title defense since capturing the belt against then champion Julia Budd at Bellator 238 in January 2020. In her first defense, Cyborg submitted Arlene Blencowe in the second round of Bellator 249.
Smith is no stranger to Cyborg as the two ladies once met under the UFC banner in 2016. Cyborg won that outing by way of strikes in the very first round.
In the night’s co-main event, former Bellator bantamweight champ Darrion Caldwell faces Leandro Higo in a rematch. Caldwell submitted Higo via guillotine choke three years ago at Bellator 195.
Complete Bellator 259 results below:
Main Card (Showtime at 9 p.m. ET)
Cris Cyborg defeated Leslie Smith via TKO – Round 5, 4:51 for Bellator MMA women’s featherweight title
Leandro Higo defeated Darrion Caldwell via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Austin Vanderford defeated Fabian Edwards via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Jaleel Willis defeated Maycon Mendonca via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Hannah Guy defeated Valerie Loureda via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Preliminary Card (MyMMANews.com – Watch above, 5:30 p.m. ET)
Saad Awad defeated Nate Andrews via KO – Round 1, 3:16
Grant Neal defeated Tyree Fortune via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 4:20
Sumiko Inaba defeated Kristina Katsikis via TKO (strikes) – Round 3, 3:35
Aviv Gozali defeated Sean Felton via submission (heel hook) – Round 1, 1:17
Davion Franklin defeated Tyler King via KO – Round 1, 2:02
Leah McCourt defeated Janay Harding via submission (triangle choke) – Round 2, 2:42
Danny Sabatello defeated Brett Johns via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Alexander Shabliy defeated Alfie Davis via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
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