Bellator MMA will stage its second event in as many nights later TONIGHT (Sat., April 23, 2022) as Bellator 279 goes down from inside Neal S. Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu, Hawaii. Headlining the event is a women’s Featherweight title fight as Cris Cyborg defends her belt against Arlene Blencowe for the second time. Also, the Bantamweight Grand Prix kicks off with Patchy Mix taking on Kyoji Horiguchi. In the co-main event, Juan Archuleta will battle Raufeon Stots in an interim Bantamweight title fight.
Bellator 279’s main card will air on Showtime at 10:30 p.m. ET, with “Prelims” undercard action beginning at 8 p.m. ET. MMAmania.com will deliver results for the full card and comprehensive play-by-play for the televised portion of Bellator 279 below.
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BELLATOR 279 QUICK RESULTS:
145 lbs.: Champion Cris Cyborg vs. Arlene Blencowe - Cyborg via unanimous decision (HIGHLIGHTS)
135 lbs.: Raufeon Stots vs Juan Archuleta - Stots wins via third-round knockout (HIGHLIGHTS)
125 lbs.: Ilima-Lei Macfarlane vs. Justine Kish - Kish via unanimous decision
135 lbs.: Patchy Mix vs. Kyoji Horiguchi - Mix via unanimous decision
155 lbs.: Emmanuel Sanchez vs. Yancy Medeiros - Medeiros via unanimous decision
170 lbs.: Goiti Yamauchi vs Levan Chokheli - Yamauchi, first round submission (armbar)
155 lbs.: Keoni Diggs vs Bobby King - King via split decision
145 lbs.: Janay Harding vs. Dayan Silva - Silva via unanimous decision
145 lbs.: Kai Kamaka III vs. Justin Gonzalez - Gonzalez via split decision
155 lbs.: Lance Gibson Jr. vs. Naino Dung - Gibson Jr. via unanimous decision
120 lbs.: Randi Field vs. Maraya Miller - Field via second round submission (rear-naked choke)
135 lbs.: Ryan Dela Cruz vs. Jordan Winski - Winksi via unanimous decision
125 lbs.: Sumiko Inaba vs. Whittany Pyles - Inaba via first round knockout
BELLATOR 279 PLAY-BY-PLAY
Champion Cris Cyborg vs. Arlene Blencowe
Round 1: Cyborg lands a couple of left hands. Blencowe staying in the pocket, exchanging strikes with Cyborg. Nice kick to the body from the champion. Cyborg pushes Blencowe up against the fence. Knees to the thigh. High kicks lands for Cyborg. Left hook from Cyborg. Blencowe lands a nice right hand. Cyborg lands a huge right hand and drops Blencowe. Cyborg goes in for the kill but Blencowe survives. A pause in action as the referee says Cyborg kneed her down opponent to the head. Not sure if a point is taken away from Cyborg. Action resumes and Cyborg gets the takedown. Head kick lands for Cyborg. Blencowe survives a tough first round. 10-9 Cyborg
Round 2: Cyborg attacking the lead leg, Blencowe counters with a right hand. Cyborg coming forward. Double jab from the champion. Cyborg seems to be bleeding from her ear. Blencowe goes downstairs with an inside leg kick. Cybog with a stiff right hand, stops Blencowe’s forward momentum. Cyborg changes levels and goes in for the takedown, stuffed. Cyborg clinches and pushes Blencowe up against the cage. Cyborg still trying for the takedown but Blencowe escapes. Blencowe is now cut above her left eye. Nice right hand lands for Blencowe. Cyborg seems to have damage on her left eye. Both of these ladies are throwing bombs! Cyborg misses on the high kick but she tags Blencowe with a solid shot to close out the round. 10-9 Cyborg.
Round 3: Head kick by Cyborg, follows it up with a kick to the legs. Cyborg’s left eye seems to be swelling up. Nice leg kicks from the challenger. Cyborg returns fire with the same. Inside leg kick from Cyborg lands. Blencowe tags Cyborg with a left hook and knocks her off balance to the canvas. Cyborg smiles and gets right back up. Front kick from Cyborg. Nice right hand straight down the pipe for Blencowe. Both of these ladies are getting busted up, bloodied, bruised. Cyborg working the lead leg again. Overhand right from Cyborg. Head kick blocked by Blencowe. Inside leg kick from the champion. Outside leg kick for Cyborg, checked by Blencowe, who rushes in with a one-two. Blencowe is putting on the pressure, Cyborg not retreating. Close round. 10-9 Blencowe
Round 4: Who had this fight going to the championship rounds? Front kick to begin for Cyborg. Blencowe throws a looping right hand. Nice right hand from Blencowe. Cyborg again working the lead leg, peppering away. Right hand lands for Cyborg. Blencowe again knocks Cyborg off balance, the fence keeps her up. Cyborg grabs a hold of Blencowe and takes her for a ride with a HUGE suplex. Brock Lesnar would be proud. Side control now for Cyborg. Cyborg working an arm, possible kimura attempt. Blencowe trying to circle away. North-South position for Cyborg, back to side control. She lets her up. Blencowe throws a wild right hand, doesn’t land. Shot to the body for Blencowe. Kick to the stomach from Cyborg, follows it up with a sharp jab that lands flush. They are trading in the center of the cage as the round comes to an end. 10-9 Cyborg
Round 5: Nice jab from Blencowe. Inside leg kick from Cyborg. Solid right hand from Cyborg rocks Blencowe, who is still hanging in there. She is one tough cookie. Another right hand sends Blencowe stumbling back. Head kick from Cyborg. Blencowe still coming forward, eats a left hand. Spinning back kick lands for Cyborg. Jab from Cyborg. Front kick from Cyborg lands. Three-punch combination rattles Blencowe. Blencowe scores with a left hand. Blencowe’s eye is bleeding badly. Inside leg kick for Cyborg, she’s been going to that well all night long. Blencowe challenges Cyborg to stand and bang in the center of the cage. Cyborg using her jab. Blencowe pressuring, sensing she needs the finish. Cyborg with a huge left hand. Blencowe is bleeding profusely as the fight comes to an end. 10-9 Cyborg
Final result: Cyborg def. Blencowe via unanimous decision
Raufeon Stots vs. Juan Archuleta
Round 1: Stots tags Archuleta right away. They come out swinging hard early. Archuleta stumbles forward. Intense pace to begin this title fight. Archuleta changes levels and lands a huge takedown on Stots. Archuleta has a tight grip on Stots, not doing much with this position. Stots firing off some pop shots, nothing major. Archuleta trying to grab the wrist. Back to the feet, Archuleta still has a hold of Stots. Archuleta trying to get another takedown, Stots showing great defense. Stots able to seperate. Archuleta comes in with a two-punch combo. Archuleta is cut above his left eye. Stots changes levels and gets the takedown. Stots takes Archuleta’s back. “The Spaniard” escapes but Stots gets his back again to close out the round. Close round. 10-9 Archuleta
Round 2: Archuleta opening up and bringing the pressure, Archuleta is swinging with bad intentions here. One-two lands for Stots. Three straight jabs from Archuleta. Nice left hand lands for Archuleta. Kick to the body from Stots. Body shots, upstairs from “The Spaniard.” Archuleta shoots in for the takedown, defended well by Stots. Action up against the fence. Archulete looking for a trip, Stots showing great takedown defense. Stots creating the separation. Archuleta rushes in, Stots changes level and scores a takedown, but Archuleta gets up quickly. Archuleta pushes Stots up against the cage, has the double under hooks. Stots is defending well, Archuleta looking for a single leg. Great balance by Stots. Archuleta is relentless, but he isn’t getting the takedown this time around. 10-9 Archuleta
Round 3: Archuleta with two straight hooks. Stots unleashes a huge kick out of nowhere and lays out Archuleta! He goes in for the kill and he gets it after a couple follow up shots. WOW! That one came out of nowhere. Upon further review, it was the knee the caught Archuleta. Stots is the new interim Bantamweight champion.
Final result: Stots def. Archuleta via knockout
Ilima-Lei Macfarlane vs Justine Kish
Round 1: Macfarlane changes levels right away and shoots for the takedown. Defended well by Kish, who now has the “Pineapple Princess” up against the fence. Kish takes her down and they are back up again. Macfarlane now separates and Kish whiffs on a huge left hand on the break. Macfarlane trying to close the distance, find her range. Double jab from the Hawaiian. Feints from Kish, but not a whole lot of action. Right hand upstairs for Macfarlane. Both ladies a bit tentative. One-two lands for Macfarlane. Kish throwing, but catching nothing but air. Nice left hook to the body from Macfarlane, follows it up with a jab. Kish tags Macfarlane with a left hook. Kish is throwing her strikes from a distance, not going to cut it. 10-9 Macfarlane
Round 2: One-two from Kish. Macfarlane lands a sneaky left hand upstairs. Macfarlane shoots for the takedown and Kish has a front choke. It looks tight but Macfarlane falls to her back, forcing Kish to let go. Kish latches it back on and is squeezing hard. Macfarlane seems to be okay here. Kish postures up, she tries to get up but Macfarlane drags her down by one of her legs. She is now looking for an ankle lock, Kish back to her feet. Leg kick by Kish. Macfarlane again goes for the takedown but Kish stuffs it. Knees to the body from Macfarlane and Kish takes her down. Kish now in Macfarlane’s guard. Two minutes remaining. Kish dropping some elbows, nothing lands cleanly. Macfarlane trying to escape, but Kish is holding on tight, dropping some strikes from the top position. Kish gets up, lets her foe up. Odd. Nice left hand lands for Kish. Macfarlane with a right uppercut, counter right from Kish. 10-9 Kish
Round 3: Should be tied at one a piece going into this final round. It’s anyone’s ballgame. Macfarlane opens up with a calf kick. Macfarlane tags Kish with an overhand right. Double jab from the Hawaiian. Kish with a wild swing, catches air again. Kish with a big smile on her face, Macfarlane circling, trying to close the distance. Nice leg kicks from Kish. Macfarlane stuns Kish with a right hand, drops her but Kish manages to somehow grab a hold of her and get the takedown. She is now in side control. Two minutes remaining in the fight. Kish landing body shots, Macfarlane needs to get up. Kish has her in the crucifix and is landing shots to the face. Half guard now for Kish. Full mount for Kish. Macfarlane gives up her back and Kish has an armbar. Omoplata attempt now for Kish. These ladies are now twisted up in an awkward position, Macfarlane scrambles and she has Kish’s back as time runs out. 10-9 Kish
Final result: Kish def. Macfarlane via unanimous decision
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