Belts on The Line
Tape rankings @ Women’s Featherweight
Who won Cyborg vs Smith?
Cris Cyborg beat Leslie Smith by , during the main event of Bellator 259, on Friday 21st May 2021 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville.
The scorecards were announced as in favor of winner Cris Cyborg.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 5 rounds in the Women’s Featherweight division, which meant the weight limit was 145 pounds (10.4 stone or 65.8 KG).
This contest was for the Bellator women’s featherweight championship.
Cyborg vs Smith stats
Cris Cyborg stepped into the ring with a record of 23 wins, 2 loses and 0 draws, 18 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 1 by submission.
Leslie Smith made her way to the ring with a record of 12 wins, 8 loses and 1 draw, with 5 of those wins by knock out.
The stats suggested Cyborg had a massive power advantage over Smith, boasting at 78% knock out percentage over Smith's 42%.
Cris Cyborg was the younger woman by 3 years, at 36 years old.
Smith had a height advantage of 1 inch over Cyborg. Despite this, she had 3-inch reach advantage.
Cyborg was arguably the more experienced fighter, having had 4 more fights, and made her debut in 2005, 3 years and 9 months earlier than Smith, whose first professional fight was in 2009. She had fought 5 less professional rounds, 52 to Smith's 57.
Cyborg vs Smith form
Cyborg had beaten 4 of her last 5 opponents, stopping 2 of them, going to the judges twice.
In her last fight before this contest, she had defeated Arlene Blencowe at Bellator 249 on 15th October 2020 by in the 2nd round in their Bellator Women’s Featherweight championship fight at Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, United States.
Previous to that, she had defeated Julia Budd at Bellator 238 on 25th January 2020 by knockout in the 4th round in their Bellator Women’s Featherweight championship fight at The Forum, Inglewood.
Going into that contest, she had beat Felicia Spencer at UFC 240 on 27th July 2019 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Rogers Place, Edmonton, Canada.
Before that, she had been beaten by Amanda Nunes at UFC 232 on 29th December 2018 by knockout in the 1st round in their UFC Women’s Featherweight championship fight at The Forum, Inglewood, United States.
She had won against Yana Kunitskaya at UFC 222 on 3rd March 2018 by knockout in the 1st round in their UFC Women’s Featherweight championship fight at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas.
Cyborg's last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 6 months and 14 days, meaning she had been fighting on average every 8 months and 15 days. In those fights, she fought a total of 11 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2.2 rounds on average.