After a successful Euro Series for Scott Coker and his team, Bellator MMA returned to Uncasville, Connecticut for Bellator 249. The card was headlined by Grand Slam Champion Cris Cyborg and Australian born Arlene Blencowe.
Main Card Results
Cris Cyborg defeats Arlene Blecowe by submission via rear-naked choke in R2.
Arlene Blecowe was always going to have a tough task shutting down the game-plan of one of the greatest martial artists in women’s MMA. Cyborg overwhelmed Blecowe from the get-go and pushed the pace of the fight.
Her first successful title defense under Bellator and her first career win seemed to leave the Brazilian happy with her performance.
“I’ve really been working hard because I had my first submission in MMA,” Cyborg said proudly in her post-fight interview. “I have never done that before since the beginning of my career, it is a dream come true, and I am so happy.”
Cyborg outstruck Blencowe 62-4 over the duration of the fight. The relentless pressure and volume were too much for the Australian to handle.
Cris Cyborg snapped the three-fight winning streak of her opponent Blencowe and added to her own, 3-0 in her last three bouts, 2-0 under Bellator. The 35-year old also expressed a great interest in making her professional boxing debut. Cyborg said, “It would be a dream come true.”
Leandro Higo defeats Ricky Bandejas by submission via rear-naked choke in R2.
The Bantamweight clash between Leandro Higo and Ricky Bandejas was promoted to the Co-Main event with Patricky Pitbull & Jaleel Willis being canceled.
Another tough night at the office for Ricky Bandejas who fell to (13-5), and is still struggling to find some consistency in his performances.
Higo looked to show he was the more superior fighter from the outset, walking forward and putting pressure on Bandejas. Round 1 ended positively for Higo as he made the most of his takedown and transitions into a better position.
The Brazilian wasted no time in securing that second takedown/slam and that was the beginning of the end for Bandejas. Higo then secured the back, and secured that finish.
Higo now climbs to two consecutive wins while Bandejas finds himself losing his last two.
Steve Mowry defeats Shawn Teed by KO in R1.
Steve Mowry climbing to (8-0) last night, making it a short night for his opponent Shawn Teed. Back and forth exchanges on the feet then lead to a devasting knee landing for Mowry and shutting the lights off for Teed.
After his bout with Rudy Schaffroth being canceled Mowry was eager to enter the Bellator cage and make a statement and it showed on the night. He’s slowly but surely making the Heavyweight division aware of his name.
A win over Shawn Teed puts the 28-year old in a great position winning all of his professional bouts in the way of stoppages. Five of those stoppages, coming in the first round. A tough night for Teed on his Bellator debut in this one.
Saad Awad v Mandell Nallo ends in a no-contest due to an accidental blow.
The Lightweight clash between Saad Awad and Mandel Nallo ended under unfortunate circumstances.
A no-contest was delivered on the night due to Nallo landing an accidental low blow. While clinched against the fence, Nallo’s knee fell short and Awadd was unable to continue.
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- Kemran Lachinov defeats Kyle Crutchmer by unanimous decision.
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- Da’mon Blackshear defeats Mike Kimbel by submission via rear-naked choke.
- Aviv Gozali defeats Logan Neal by submission via kimura.
- Albert Gonzales defeats Kastriot Xhema by retirement TKO.
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