Bellator featherweight champion Cris Cyborg’s second title protection might be a rematch towards Leslie Smith.
Bellator introduced on Friday throughout the Bellator 255 broadcast the second assembly between Cyborg and Smith, which can headline Bellator 259 on Could 21 at Mohegan Solar Enviornment in Uncasville, Conn.
Cyborg and Smith first fought within the UFC in 2016. Cyborg, making her octagon debut, stopped Smith in 81 seconds in a 140-pound catchweight bout.
Showing on the published for Friday’s occasion, Smith indicated she felt the primary bout was stopped too shortly and felt one other assembly with Cyborg would go her means.
“Fortunately, I’ve had the previous 5 years to work on it,” stated Smith, who signed with Bellator one month previous to Cyborg in April 2019. “I’ve additionally been on this camp for a few months. I’m prepared for something. I’ve been coaching all points of my recreation.”
Cyborg most not too long ago appeared within the Bellator cage this previous October at Bellator 249, the place she submitted Arlene Blencowe within the second spherical to notch her first protection after taking the featherweight title in violent vogue from Julia Budd.
After a knockout loss to present two-division UFC champ Amanda Nunes in 2018, Cyborg had a really public falling out with the promotion and was granted her launch from her contract.
Smith filed a criticism with the Nationwide Labor Relations Board for the circumstances surrounding her launch from the promotion in 2018; she accused the promotion of firing her for her makes an attempt to create a collective bargaining settlement with fighters.
Within the Bellator cage, Smith is 2-1 together with her most up-to-date win coming this previous September by way of resolution over Amanda Bell.
Take a look at the faceoff at Bellator 255 between Cyborg and Smith above.