Bellator champion Cris Cyborg defends title against his first “victim” in the UFC | combat

1 of 2 Cris Cyborg defeated Leslie Smith in the first edition of the UFC in Curitiba – Photo: Jason Silva

Cris Cyborg defeated Leslie Smith in the first edition of the UFC in Curitiba – Photo: Jason Silva

Cris Cyborg, who went on to become UFC featherweight champion in 2017 against Tonya Evinger, was dethroned the following year for Amanda Nunes. Curitiba would bid farewell to Ultimate against Felicia Spencer, in July 2019. At Bellator, she won two victories in 2020: she knocked out Julia Budd in January, and submitted Arlene Blencowe in October, becoming the owner of the featherweight title.

After losing to Cris Cyborg, Leslie Smith scored victories over Irene Aldana and Amanda Lemos. However, she transferred to Bellator, debuting with a win over Sinead Kavanagh in July 2019. Four months later, she suffered a loss on points to Arlene Blencowe and, in 2020, entered the cage only once when she beat Amanda Bell in the decision. of the judges, at Bellator 245.

Bellator 259
May 21, 2021, in Uncasville (USA)
EVENT CARD (so far)
Featherweight: Cris Cyborg vs. Leslie Smith
Bantamweight: Brett Johns vs. Matheus Mattos
Weight-levers: Adam Piccolotti x Georgi Karakhanyan
Peso-leve: Christian Edwards x Ben Parrish

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