LOS ANGELES – BELLATOR MMA and SHOWTIME Sports activities immediately introduced BELLATOR 259 on Friday, Might 21, might be headlined by a featherweight championship rematch pitting present 145-pound titleholder and the top-ranked ladies’s pound-for-pound fighter Cris Cyborg (23-2, 1 NC) towards Northern California’s Leslie Smith (12-8-1). The occasion airs dwell completely on SHOWTIME at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and emanates from Mohegan Solar Enviornment in Uncasville, Conn.
Along with the primary occasion, two matchups are confirmed, as No. 7 light-weight Adam “The Bomb” Piccolotti (12-4) takes on No. 10 Georgi “Insane” Karakhanyan (30-11-1, 1 NC), whereas the undefeated No. 7 Christian “Ache” Edwards (4-0) meets Ben “Large Tuna” Parrish (4-1) in a lightweight heavyweight contest. Further bouts might be introduced at a later date.
“I imagine in 5 years she’s going to be a greater fighter. Extra coaching, extra working and combating. Extra expertise. The primary battle was very quick, so I believe this one goes to be an extended battle. She’s a warrior. She likes to battle and it’s going to be good to battle any person like this,” mentioned Cyborg, who appeared on tonight’s BELLATOR 255 broadcast to substantiate the occasion.
“In fact, I need this battle. Everybody’s purpose is to get a title within the premiere group, which that is. That is the very best group for my weight class, and the absolute best place I might be. I can assure it is going to be an entertaining battle,” added Smith.
Simply the second BELLATOR girl’s featherweight champion within the firm’s historical past, Cris “Cyborg” is coming off the primary protection of her BELLATOR title, a victory towards Arlene Blencowe, that additionally marked the primary submission win of her illustrious profession. An MMA legend at 35-years-old, “Cyborg” might be seeking to additional her legacy as the best girl’s blended martial artist of all-time when she faces Leslie Smith for the second time on Might 21. After profitable BELLATOR gold within the twelfth title battle of her profession, the native of Curitiba, Brazil made historical past by changing into a world champion in her fourth main promotion, beforehand holding belts in each the UFC and Strikeforce. With a professional file of 23-2, 1 NC, together with 19 wins by end, the Brazilian-born fighter who now calls Southern California dwelling, holds victories over robust competitors, together with Julia Budd, Holly Holm, Marloes Coenen and Gina Carano.
Recognized for an thrilling in-your-face hanging model, Leslie “The Peacemaker” Smith will enter the BELLATOR cage on Might 21 for the fifth time in her practically 11-year MMA profession. She will get a second shot at defeating “Cyborg,” following their first assembly at UFC 198 in Brazil on Might 14, 2016. Since that bout, Smith has gained 4 out of 5 fights with victories over Irene Aldana and Sinead Kavanaghamongst them. A teammate of fellow BELLATOR athlete Keri Taylor Melendez, Smith trains out of El Nino Coaching Middle in San Francisco.
The preliminary card for BELLATOR MMA 259: Cyborg vs. Smith 2 will air LIVE in all U.S. markets on the BELLATOR and SHOWTIME Sports activities YouTube channels, in addition to Pluto TV.
As a part of the launch of BELLATOR MMA on SHOWTIME, the community is providing viewers who’re new to the SHOWTIME streaming service a 30-day free trial, adopted by a reduced month-to-month subscription price of $4.99/month for the following six months. Viewers can join at SHO.com/BellatorMMA. Subscribers might be delivered two premier BELLATOR MMA occasions monthly all through 2021 and past, with all occasions scheduled to air dwell at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT anyplace the SHOWTIME service is on the market.
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Bellator 259: Cyborg vs. Smith 2 Struggle Card
- Featherweight World Title Bout: C-Cris “Cyborg” (23-2, 1 NC) vs. #4-Leslie Smith (12-8-1)
- Light-weight Bout: #7-Adam Piccolotti (12-4) vs. #10-Georgi Karakhanyan (30-11-1, 1 NC)
- Mild Heavyweight Bout: #7-Christian Edwards (4-0) vs. Ben Parrish (4-1)
*Card topic to vary.