Cris Cyborg makes her second defense of the Bellator women’s featherweight title at Bellator 259
The two first met in Justino’s UFC debut at UFC 198 in a 140-pound catchweight bout, with Justino scoring the win by TKO in 81 seconds.
The announcement was made during the Bellator 255 broadcast, which featured words from both competitors and a faceoff.
Cris Cyborg to defend Bellator women’s featherweight championship in rematch with Leslie Smith at Bellator 259
After coming over to Bellator in 2019 following her messy departure from the UFC, Justino became the first MMA athlete to win championships across four major MMA promotions. She claimed the Bellator female 145-pound title with a fourth-round finish of Julia Budd at Bellator 238. She retained the championship against Arlene Blencowe at Bellator 249 in October with her first-ever victory by submission.
Smith came over to Bellator following her own problems with the UFC a year before Justino. Smith made her Bellator debut in July 2019 with a majority decision win over Sinead Kavanagh at Bellator 224. She then lost to Blencowe at Bellator 233 in November 2019 before rebounding with a decision win over Amanda Bell at Bellator 245 in September.
Bellator 259 takes place on Friday, May 21, 2021, live from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT. Follow along with FanSided for all your live news and highlights.