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Cris Cyborg vs. Leslie Smith To Headline Bellator 259 On May 21 – MMA Root

Cris Cyborg will make her first appearance in 2021 when she headlines Bellator 259 against Leslie Smith.

Bellator featherweight champion Cris Cyborg will be standing in front of a family dance couple on May 21 when she gets her revenge with Leslie Smith. Of course, the first time these two women crossed paths was at the Ultimate Fighting Championship, not Bellator MMA. That fight occurred in 2016 at UFC 198 at 140 pounds in a middleweight fight. Cyborg ran through Smith with ease, ending the fight near the end of the first round.

However, Smith played in that fight and didn’t show any abandonment until Cyborg’s attack inevitably turned out to be too much. Five years later, Smith has a chance at redemption as she seeks to become the second woman to defeat Cris Cyborg in the past 15 years.

This will be a tough task for Smith though, as Cyborg has looked very impressive since joining Bellator in 2020. She has been able to go 2-0 with former champion Julia Budd finals to capture the Bellator featherweight championship. and a submission win over Arlene Blencowe for her first successful title defense. The legend will now look to improve his promotion record to 3-0 against Leslie Smith, No. 4 in the rankings.

Bellator 259 will take place inside the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut on May 21.

Do you give Leslie Smith any chance to score the pesky monster here?

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