One of the best female fighters in Women’s MMA history makes her 2022 debut on Saturday at the Neal S. Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu, as Cris Cyborg puts her Women’s Featherweight title on the line as she battles Arlene Blencowe for the second time.
Cyborg and Blencowe met at Bellator 249 in October, with the former winning by second-round submission. It was the first Cyborg ever made an opponent tap out. A win would be her fourth consecutive title defense, which would tie Ben Askren for the promotional record.
Standing in her way is Blencowe. Since losing to Cyborg, the former boxer turned mixed martial artist has won back-to-back contests over Dayana Silva and Pam Sorenson, respectively, to earn herself another crack at capturing featherweight gold.
Here is everything you need to know about Bellator 279: Cyborg vs. Blencowe 2.
WHEN IS BELLATOR 279, DATE, START TIME
Date: Saturday, April 22
Main card: 10:30 p.m. ET / 3:30 a.m. BST
Main event ringwalks (approx): Midnight ET / 5 a.m. BST
The main card gets underway at 10:30 p.m. ET / 3:30 a.m. BST, with the main event ringwalks scheduled for Midnight ET / 5 a.m. BST. These timings could change due to the length of the undercard bouts.
WHAT CHANNEL/STREAM IS BELLATOR 279?
UK: BBC iPlayer
Showtime will broadcast the fight in the United States, while UK fans can stream the event on BBC iPlayer.
WHERE IS BELLATOR 279?
The fight card takes place at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center in Honolulu.
CRIS CYBORG RECORD AND BIO
Born: July 9, 1985
Total Fights: 28
Record: 25-2 with one no-contest
ARLENE BLENCOWE RECORD AND BIO
Born: April 11, 1983
Total Fights: 23
BELLATOR 279 FIGHT CARD
Cris Cyborg (c) vs. Arlene Blencowe for Cyborg’s Women’s Featherweight title
Juan Archuleta vs. Raufeon Stots; Bellator Bantamweight World Grand Prix Tournament Quarterfinal bout for the interim Bantamweight World Championship
Kyoji Horiguchi vs. Patchy Mix; Bantamweight World Grand Prix Tournament Quarterfinals
Ilima-Lei Macfarlane vs. Justine Kish; Women’s Flyweight
Janay Harding vs. Dayana Silva; Women’s Featherweight
Lance Gibson Jr. vs. Nainoa Dung; Lightweight
Kai Kamaka III vs. Justin Gonzales; Featherweight
Sumiko Inaba vs. Whittany Pyles; Women’s Flyweight
Goiti Yamauchi vs. Levan Chokheli; Welterweight
Yancy Medeiros vs. Emmanuel Sanchez; Lightweight
Keoni Diggs vs. Bobby King; Lightweight
Randi Field vs. Maraya Miller; Catchweight (120 lb)
Ryan Dela Cruz vs. Jordan Winski; Bantamweight