Cris Cyborg Returns, Defends Bellator Title At Bellator 259
Cris Cyborg, one of the greatest female athletes of all-time, returns to the cage at Bellator 259 on Friday to take on Leslie Smith in a rematch.
The bout headlines the event live on Showtime.
Cyborg, 23-2 overall, will be putting her featherweight title on the line against Smith, who owns a career record of 12-8-1.
Also, Darrion Caldwell and Leandro Higo square off, along with Austin Vanderford meeting Fabian Edwards.
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9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT
Featherweight World Title Main Event: c-Cris Cyborg (23-2, 1 NC) vs. #4-Leslie Smith (12-8-1)
Bantamweight Co-Main Event: Darrion Caldwell (15-4) vs. #6-Leandro Higo (20-5)
Middleweight Bout: #3-Austin Vanderford (10-0) vs. #4-Fabian Edwards (9-1)
Welterweight Bout: Jaleel Willis (14-2) vs. Maycon Mendonca (11-4)
Light Heavyweight Bout: #9-Christian Edwards (4-0) vs. Ben Parrish (4-1)
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5:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. PT
Lightweight Bout: Saad Awad (23-13, 1 NC) vs. Nate Andrews (16-3)
Light Heavyweight Bout: #7-Grant Neal (5-0) vs. #8-Tyree Fortune (5-0)
Flyweight Bout: Sumiko Inaba (1-0) vs. Kristina Katsikis (1-1)
Lightweight Bout: Aviv Gozali (5-0) vs. Sean Felton (5-2-1)
Flyweight Bout: #8-Valerie Loureda (3-0) vs. Hannah Guy (2-1)
Heavyweight Bout: Davion Franklin (2-0) vs. Tyler King (12-9)
Featherweight Bout: #6-Janay Harding (6-4) vs. #7-Leah McCourt (4-1)
Lightweight Bout: #9-Alfie Davis (14-3) vs. Alexander Shabliy (19-3)