Friday Bellator MMA president Scott Coker made the rumors official that Cris Cyborg would be facing Arlene Blencowe for the first championship defense of her Bellator MMA Featherweight Belt–a title that made Cyborg the only Grand Slam Champion in the sport of Mixed Martial Arts by capturing the Strikeforce, Invicta, UFC, and Bellator MMA Featherweight Championships.
Cyborg who has won 2 fights in-a-row since her 2018 upset defeat to Amanda Nunes at UFC 232, was victorious in her last UFC fight against #1 contender Felicia Spencer before signing with Bellator MMA as the #1 contender and facing champion Julia Budd in her promotional debut. Julia Budd was undefeated for 8 years until Cyborg picked up the victory Jan at Bellator MMA.
With Cyborg Vs. Arlene Blencowe Bellator 249 taking place on a Thursday night, the fight will be broadcasted live on CBSSportsNet. Cyborg will be facing a 2x World Boxing Champion in Arlene Blencowe who has won her last 3 fights and is currently the #1 contender inside of Bellator MMA’s stacked female 145lbs division.