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Cris Cyborg had her first defense of the world featherweight title against Arlene Blencowe in Bellator 249. Cyborg came out strong and dominated from the very beginning, she landed 52 strikes, 32 punches and 12 kicks to Blencowe's 4, 3 and 1 respectively.
Cyborg was able to take down Blencowe in both rounds, and in the second round won by way of rear naked choke, Cyborg's first ever win by submission.
Cyborg (23-2, 1 NC) made the first defense of her Bellator MMA women's featherweight title with a dominant second-round submission win over top contender Arlene Blencowe (13-8) inside the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.