Bellator 279 Recap: Cyborg’s Triumph and Event Highlights

Bellator 279, held on April 23, 2022, at the Neal S. Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu, Hawaii, was a night of thrilling fights and memorable moments. The main event featured Bellator Women’s Featherweight Champion Cris Cyborg defending her title in a rematch against Arlene Blencowe.

Main Event: Cyborg vs. Blencowe 2

In the main event, Cris Cyborg successfully defended her featherweight title against Arlene Blencowe, marking her fourth defense of the belt. Unlike their first fight, Blencowe went all five rounds against Cyborg, showcasing her resilience and determination. Despite a point deduction for an illegal knee by Cyborg, she dominated the fight, winning by unanimous decision.

Cyborg’s power was on full display from the opening round, as she floored Blencowe with a powerful punch. Throughout the fight, Cyborg continued to showcase her striking prowess, landing significant blows and even executing a notable suplex in the fourth round. Despite the onslaught, Blencowe remained undeterred, engaging in fearless pocket-exchanges and even managing to drop Cyborg to a knee with a hard punch in the third round.

Co-Main Event: Archuleta vs. Stots

The co-main event saw Raufeon Stots triumph over Juan Archuleta in an interim Bantamweight title fight. Stots secured his victory with a third-round knockout, marking a significant achievement in his career.

Other Notable Fights

The event also featured a number of other exciting bouts. Ilima-Lei Macfarlane faced off against Justine Kish in a flyweight bout, with Kish emerging victorious via unanimous decision. In another notable fight, Patchy Mix took on Kyoji Horiguchi, with Mix winning by unanimous decision.


Bellator 279 was a night of high-stakes fights and impressive performances. From Cyborg’s successful title defense to Stots’ knockout victory, the event showcased the skill and determination of its fighters. As we look forward to future events, these fights serve as a reminder of the excitement and unpredictability that make MMA such a captivating sport.


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