Bellator returns to the “Fightsphere” on Thursday with Bellator 249, which takes place at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., and airs on CBS Sports Network following prelims on MMA Junkie.
In the main event, Cris Cyborg (22-2 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) puts her women’s featherweight title on the first time against Arlene Blencowe (13-7 MMA, 6-3 BMMA), who looks to make good on her second attempt at the gold.
For more on the numbers behind the main event, as well as the rest of the card, check below for 20 pre-event facts about Bellator 249.
Cris Cyborg vs. Arlene Blencowe
Cyborg is the only fighter in history to win titles in Bellator, UFC, Invicta FC and Strikeforce.
Cyborg is one of two fighters in history to win titles in Bellator and UFC. Eddie Alvarez also accomplished the feat.
Cyborg has earned 18 of her 22 career victories by knockout. She’s finished 10 of those wins in Round 1.
Blencowe, 37, is the oldest of the eight scheduled main card fighters.
Blencowe competes in her 10th Bellator women’s featherweight bout, the most appearances in divisional history.
Blencowe six victories in Bellator women’s featherweight competition are second most in divisional history behind Julia Budd (eight).
Blencowe’s three-fight Bellator winning streak at women’s featherweight is tied with Leah McCourt for the longest active streak in the division.
Blencowe’s three knockout victories in Bellator women’s featherweight competition are tied with Budd and Amanda Bell for most in divisional history.
Blencowe’s 22-second knockout of Bell at Bellator 224 is the fastest finish in Bellator women’s featherweight history.
Patricky Freire vs. Jaleel Willis
Patricky Freire (23-9 MMA, 14-7 BMMA) competes in his 22nd Bellator lightweight bout, the most appearances in divisional history.
Freire’s 14 victories in Bellator lightweight competition are second most in divisional history behind Michael Chandler (15).
Freire’s nine stoppage victories in Bellator lightweight competition are second most in divisional history behind Chanler (10).
Freire’s nine knockout victories in Bellator lightweight competition are most in divisional history.
Freire’s nine knockout victories in Bellator competition are tied with Douglas Lima and Michael Page for most in company history.
Saad Awad vs. Mandel Nallo
Saad Awad (23-13 MMA, 11-10 BMMA) competes in his 22nd Bellator bout, tied for the third most appearances in company history behind Chanler (23) and David Rickels (23).
Awad’s four-fight losing skid is the longest of his career. He hasn’t earned a victory since June 2018.
Awad’s 10 Bellator losses are most in company history.
Mike Kimbel vs. Da’Mon Blackshear
Mike Kimbel’s (3-2 MMA, 3-2 BMMA) six-second knockout tied the record for fastest knockout and finish in Bellator history. Hector Lombard at Bellator 18 and Michele Martignoni at Bellator 203 also share the record.
Steve Mowry vs. Shawn Teed
Steve Mowry (7-0 MMA, 3-0 BMMA) has earned all of his career victories by stoppage.
Mowry’s three submission victories in Bellator heavyweight competition are most in divisional history.