Bellator 271: Cris Cyborg Returns To Establish Her Supremacy

Cris Cyborg first stepped in the ring as a professional mixed martial artist way back in 2005. Now, fast forward to 2021, the Brazilian is still looking strong and ready to conquer every challenge that is thrown at her.

Cyborg will return this Friday against Sinead Kavanagh as she will be putting her featherweight title on the line for the third time in Bellator Cage at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, in Hollywood, Florida.

Kavanagh, an SBG Dublin teammate of Conor McGregor, is riding a two-win streak and will enter the fight as a huge underdog with Cyborg being a 25-to-1 favorite.

Cyborg first made a name for herself when she defeated Gina Carano in the first-ever Strikeforce women’s featherweight title bout.

Cyborg took less than one round and finished Carano via TKO, who many experts tipped as the emerging female athlete in the sports. That fight was the last of Carano’s career.

A few years later, when Ronda Rousey was taking the central stage in women’s MMA, there was much debate in the MMA circle about the potential matchup between the “Rowdy” and Cyborg.

The two often exchanged bitter words with each other, but that fight never came to fruition as Rousey left the sport.

But Cyborg did fight against fellow Brazilian Amanda Nunes to determine the greatest women fighter in MMA’s history.

Nunes knocked out the former in less than a minute.

Despite that loss, Cyborg continued fighting and every time she enters the cage, she brings in an aura that attracts fight fans towards her.

Tyrell Fortune looks to make a statement

In the co-main event of the evening, Tyrell Fortune will be eager to notch another victory against a former challenger for the Bellator light heavyweight championship, Linton Vassell.

A win against Vassell will move him an inch closer to heavyweight champion Ryan Bader’s title.

In July, Fortune rocked the heavyweight division by submitting veteran Matt Mitrione in less than two minutes.

Another dominant performance will surely open the gates to the championship for the 31-year-old.

Will Aaron Pico’s recent good form be fruitful?

Aaron Pico was just 19 when he got himself associated with Bellator.

The company signed him in 2014, but he had to spend the first two and a half years in the High-performance center of the Bellator before he could make his debut.

After honing his skills, the California native made his much anticipated first appearance in the cage, but only to be ruined by Zach Freeman who took just 24 seconds to finish the business.

That loss made Pico a man, and he hasn’t looked back from that point on.

He is currently enjoying a four-win streak in the Bellator cage — all four of them coming by the way of knockout or submission.

A win against Justin Gonzales will further make his case strong for a title shot against the featherweight champion.

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