Bellator 279: Blaisdell Heart; Honolulu, Hawaii
Effectively, it took the “GWOAT” to place an finish to Bellator’s streak of champions dropping their belts at two. Cristiane Justino as soon as once more confronted former two-division boxing champion, Arlene Blencowe. And though the statistics say one factor; make no mistake about it, Cyborg was pushed by Blencowe.
For five-rounds the 2 girls battered one another, however Blencowe was simply two-steps behind. And while you’re going through that degree of expertise, it’s the distinction between profitable and dropping. With Cyborg dropping some extent within the opening spherical for an unintentional unlawful knee, all three-cards had been 49-45.
Blencowe was outlanded 141-67, and out kicked 59-18. And people kicks paid an early dividend. Particularly the entrance kicks and lead leg kicks. Blencowe’s left leg was swelling making her simpler to hit. The duo definitely did plenty of that, as each left the cage bloodied. A tearful Blencowe was informed by her nook post-fight “Hey, you’re the second best fu***ng featherweight, that’s okay”. Whether or not the 39-year outdated Australian and mom continues her profession is questionable.
She left the cage with the look of somebody who was accomplished. And he or she additionally took her gloves off, which is normally the inform. However within the guts division, she’s a champion. And he or she did sting Justino every so often, it’s simply Cyborg walked by means of all of it. Put up-fight she informed John McCarthy:
“Zingano, Nunes, or Kayla;… Harrison it doesn’t matter, I just want big fights”.
Cyborg Pushed By Blencowe, Who Ought to Be Next
It’s secure to say that Amanda Nunes received’t be it. As a lot as everybody need’s to see her and Kayla Harrison, that too most likely isn’t it. That leaves second-ranked Cat Zingano. What is also in play is Scott Coker’s promise to permit her to take a boxing match. Zingano fought and received earlier this month. With the injury that Cyborg took in opposition to Blencowe, she may be parked until late summer season.
The cross-promotion with the PFL and Harrison may simply be window dressing from Bellator’s aspect nonetheless. Whereas it may be enjoyable for followers, at this level StaffCyborg has to do all the things to guard their model. Which means not take 50-50 fights if attainable. It’s one factor if it was in the identical firm, and a extremely ranked or crimson scorching fighter. Harrison has not needed to come near withstanding the dynamite within the fingers of anybody like Justino. However; ought to Harrison be capable of get inside, and judo toss her down, it may very well be a really fast evening for Cyborg. The one query is might her chin maintain as much as the firepower that might come at her earlier than that toss might occur.
Towards Blencowe, when issues bought to the bottom, Cyborg confirmed some stable grinding grappling, and that’ll be efficient in opposition to Zingano. Her hand pace hasn’t slowed, and her strike choice is definitely higher now than when she simply tore by means of the competitors. Regardless of not being floored in opposition to Blencowe, who was throwing warmth herself, the lone actual query about Cyborg is one which will get requested about everybody. How way more does her chin have left in it.