Cris Cyborg was pushed for five rounds at Bellator 279 Saturday night.

But Cyborg prevailed and defended her title.

The long-time champion earned a decision victory over top contender Arlene Blencowe in the main event live on Showtime. She swept the scorecards in a bloody back-and-forth contest. 

It was the fourth title defense for Cyborg, who is now 26-2 overall. 

In the co-main event, Raufeon Stotts became the interim bantamweight champion with a knockout of Juan Archuleta. 

That bout was also part of the ongoing Bellator World Bantamweight Grand Prix. Patchy Mix knocked off Kyoji Horiguchi in another grand prix contest.

Justine Kish bested Ilima-Lei Macfarlane and Yancy Medeiros downed Emmanuel Sanchez.

On the prelims, Goiti Yamauchi, Bobby King and Dayana Silva were among the winners.

Bellator 279 Results

C-Cris “Cyborg” (26-2) defeated #1-Arlene Blencowe (15-9) via unanimous decision (49-45, 49-45, 49-45)

#3-Raufeon Stots (18-1) defeated #1-Juan Archuleta (25-4) via knockout (punch) at :16 of round three

Justine Kish (8-5) defeated #1-Ilima-Lei Macfarlane (11-2) via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

#2-Patchy Mix (16-1) defeated #5-Kyoji Horiguchi (29-5) via unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 48-47)

Yancy Medeiros (16-8) defeated #6-Emmanuel Sanchez (20-8) via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

Goiti Yamauchi (27-5) defeated Levan Chokheli (10-2) via submission (armbar) at 3:49 of round one

Sumiko Inaba (4-0) defeated Whittany Pyles (3-5) via KO (punch) at 1:22 of round one

Randi Field (3-1) defeated Maraya Miller (1-2) via submission (rear-naked choke) at :48 of round two

Jordan Winski (12-3) defeated Ryan Dela Cruz (12-9) via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Bobby King (12-4) defeated Keoni Diggs (9-2) via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)

Dayana Silva (10-7) defeated #6-Janay Harding (6-6) via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

#9-Justin Gonzalez (13-1) defeated Kai Kamaka III (9-5-1) via split decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28)

Lance Gibson Jr. (6-0) defeated Nainoa Dung (4-3) via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-25, 30-25)


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