Watch Bellator 249: Cyborg vs Blencow Live: One of MMA’s most dominant fighters returns to action on Thursday night as Cris Cyborg defends her women’s featherweight championship against Arlene Blencowe in the main event of Bellator 249 from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.
Date: Thursday, Oct. 15
Prelims: 7:15 p.m. ET
Main card: 10 p.m. ET
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Cyborg made her promotional debut at the beginning of 2020 in January at Bellator 238, beating Julia Budd via fourth-round TKO to capture the 145-pound title and become the first woman to win a belt in four major MMA organizations. Now, the 35-year-old looks to continue to cement her legacy as one of the all-time great women’s fighters.
But Blencowe stands in the way of Cyborg continuing that journey. The former professional boxer left the sweet science in 2015 to put her full attention to mixed martial arts.
This will be the second time Blencowe has challenged for featherweight gold as she lost a split decision to Budd at Bellator 189 in December 2017. Blencowe bounced back to reel off three consecutive wins, two of those by way of stoppage to earn another crack at the gold.
Bellator 249 is all about Cyborg, but Blencowe presents a formidable challenge. She comes to compete and will stay in Cyborg’s space throughout the entire contest. Will that be enough to be able to pull off the massive upset?
Here is everything you need to know about Bellator 249: Cyborg vs. Blencowe.
When is Cyborg vs. Blencowe at Bellator 249?
Bellator 249 takes place on Thursday, Oct. 15. Prelims get underway at 7:15 p.m. ET, followed by the main card at 10 p.m. ET. Cyborg and Blencowe should start about 11:30 p.m. ET, but the time depends on the length of the earlier fights.
Where is Bellator 249?
Bellator 249: Cyborg and Blencowe will take place at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. It is the first time Cyborg and Blencowe will compete at the venue.
How to watch Bellator 249 live:
In the United States, the Bellator 249 prelims and main card are available on DAZN. The main card is also available on CBS Sports Network.
In Canada, Bellator 249 is available on DAZN.
In Germany, the main card (4:00 a.m. CEST) is available on DAZN.
Bellator 249 Preview:
The 35-year-old Cyborg will make the first defense of her crown on Thursday when she faces former title challenger Arlene Blencowe (13-7) in the main event of Bellator 249 from the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut.
Blencowe, a 37-year-old native of Australia, enters as the division’s top contender thanks to a run of 7-2 over the past five years. The only defeats have come via close decision to Budd, including one by majority decision in 2016 and a split-decision loss in their rematch for the title one year later.
Cyborg vs Blencow Prediction:
The major issue for Blencowe, despite her hunger and confidence, is that everything she does well as a stand-up striker with good hands — Cyborg does even better. That’s a formula that doesn’t bode well for Blencowe unless she can bite down and take Cyborg’s power shots while finding a way to land meaningful counter shots of her own.
To her credit, Blencowe has never been finished due to strikes in 28 combined pro MMA and boxing fights. None of those fights, however, came against a living legend in Cyborg. Pick: Cyborg via TKO3