Bellator 249: “Cyborg vs. Blencowe” comes to Mohegan Solar Arena in Uncasville, Conn. tomorrow night (Thurs., Oct. 15, 2020), airing on CBS Athletics Network. A winner crowned back in January will ultimately receiver her initial likelihood to defend the world title.
Let us break it down:
145 lbs.: Cris Cyborg (22-2, 1 NC) vs. Arlene Blencowe (13-7)
I’m going to say it is just about difficult for somebody to have followed blended martial arts in the very last ten several years and not have listened to of Cris Cyborg. Even with that I’ll give any likely newcomers a brief summary — Cristiane Justino Venâncio is called “Cris Cyborg” since she’s a relentless killing equipment. She may well have gotten the nickname from her previous partner, but it took her no time at all to surpass him in fame, prestige, and standing. With 18 of 22 wins (82%) coming by knockout, she’s as devastating in her weight course as any fighter at any weight in any battle activity. She arrived to Bellator MMA and steamrolled a girl unbeaten for pretty much a decade. Cyborg is that fantastic.
“Angerfist” Arlene Blencowe may well look hopelessly outmatched (undoubtedly the oddsmakers will exhibit no mercy) but she has much more than a puncher’s chance in this combat. Following a rather middling commence to her career, she’s received 6 out of her last 7 bouts, with her only decline in that time staying a break up decision versus former winner Julia Budd. Just over 50% of her wins (seven of 13) are by knockout, so her nickname fits her effectively. She will be aggressive in the struggle, she will not go down with no a battle, but ultimately she will go down. It took Cyborg four rounds to complete Julia Budd, but the end arrived in any case, and this time all-around it will occur a great deal faster.
Closing prediction: Cris Cyborg via second spherical knockout
155 lbs.: Patricky Freire (23-9) vs. Jaleel Willis (13-2)
I’m going to make this a person small and sweet — “Pitbull” wins handily. Nothing at all in the document of Willis suggests he’s able of hanging with a striker as knowledgeable as Freire with the lethal knockout electrical power that he has.
Last prediction: Patricky Freire via 1st spherical TKO
135 lbs.: Ricky Bandejas (13-4) vs. Leandro Higo (19-5)
Ricky Bandejas experienced strong back again to back knockout wins prior to he ran into Sergio Pettis in July. Leandro Higo experienced back again to back losses before he submitted Shawn Bunch at Bellator 228. Bandejas is 5’7”, 28 years outdated, and has a 70” arrive at. Higo is 5’8”, 31 decades aged, and has a 72” arrive at. Their stats are therefore exceptionally equivalent with a mild youth advantage to Bandejas and a insignificant attain edge to Higo. The only telling distinction concerning the two is that 46% of Bandejas’ wins (6 of 13) come by knockout, although 58% of Higo’s wins (11 of 19) come by submission. On a card that options fellow “Pitbull” Patricky Freire, they can advantage from staying teammates even in quarantine to sharpen every single other’s iron.
Ultimate prediction: Leandro Higo by 3rd spherical submission
155 lbs.: Saad Awad (23-13) vs. Mandel Nallo (7-1)
Saad Awad has dropped three straight fights while Nallo has only been on the getting rid of conclusion of a struggle due to suffering a leg injuries in the 3rd spherical of his previous bout. Benefit Nallo.
Remaining prediction: Mandel Nallo by knockout
Which is a wrap!
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