Preview and prediction for Cris Cyborg vs. Leslie Smith 2 at Bellator 259.
The Bellator ladies’s featherweight championship will likely be on the road in the primary occasion of Bellator 259, as Cristiane Justino (aka Cris Cyborg) defends the belt in opposition to Leslie Smith.
The 2 first met in Justino’s UFC debut at UFC 198 in Could 2016, with Justino profitable the 140-pound catchweight bout in 81 seconds.
Justino went on to seize the UFC ladies’s featherweight championship at UFC 214 and defend it twice in opposition to Holly Holm and Yana Kunitskaya earlier than dropping it to Amanda Nunes.
Justino left the UFC after a win over Felicia Spencer, signing with Bellator and defeating Julia Budd for the Bellator ladies’s featherweight title at Bellator 238. Justino submitted Arlene Blencowe to retain the title at Bellator 249 in October.
Smith rebounded from the Justino loss with wins over Irene Aldana and Amanda Lemos, however Smith left the UFC after her personal falling out with the promotion. She then signed with Bellator, the place up to now she has crushed Sinead Kavanagh by majority determination, dropped a call to Blencowe and defeated Amanda Bell by unanimous determination.
Who will win at Bellator 259: Cris Cyborg or Leslie Smith?
Smith will come into this bout with a one-inch edge in peak, however Justino could have a three-inch benefit when it comes to attain.
Justino might have gotten the win by submission in her final struggle, however don’t suppose she’s going to be a grappling-based fighter impulsively. This one goes to be an all-out hanging battle with these two.
After all, Justino has been one of the dominant feminine fighters on this planet for plenty of years, with Amanda Nunes being the one one to have crushed her since she dropped her 2005 debut.
Smith has additionally confronted among the finest feminine fighters on this planet, in a couple of weight division, however she doesn’t have the observe file of success like Justino has.
To not point out, Justino additionally has some devastating energy that has taken out Smith earlier than. Possibly Smith survives a spherical at most now, however as of now, there’s nothing that claims the end result will likely be a lot completely different from the final time.
Prediction: Cyborg by way of first-round KO/TKO
Bellator 259 takes place on Friday, Could 21, 2021, reside from the Mohegan Solar Enviornment in Uncasville, CT. Observe together with FanSided for all of your reside information and highlights.