Bellator MMA Leaderboard: Cris Cyborg maintains top spot with destructive TKO win at Bellator 271

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Entering Bellator 271 on Friday night as a favorite against Sinead Kavanagh, women’s flyweight champion Cris Cyborg has only one way to impress observers: scoring a finish. impression. Cyborg did it, It only took 92 seconds to defeat Kavanagh.

Still undefeated in Bellator – and with 25 wins in his previous 26 outings – Cyborg still tops both the women’s and women’s weight divisions in the Bellator MMA Fighter Leaderboard. Kavanagh dropped one place to 6th in the loss and Bellator returned to the drawing board in search of a woman who could give Cyborg a tough test.

Cyborg debuted in promotion in January 2020, scoring a TKO against Julia Budd to win the featherweight belt. She now has three successful title defenses, all of which have come from extra time.

Here is a ranking of the top 10 pounds for both men and women. The full top 10 leaderboard for each division in the promotion can be found here. The ranking is voted by 17 members of the media.

Editor’s note: CBS Sports insider Brian Campbell is a member of a 17-person voting panel. Bellator and CBS Sports are both owned by ViacomCBS.

Bellator Chart (November 16)

Men’s British Pound

1. AJ McKee

18-0

2. Patricio Pitbull

32-5

3. Vadim Nemkov

15-2

4. Gegard Mousasi

48-7-2

5. Yaroslav Amosov

26-0

6. Corey Anderson

16-5

7. Ryan Bader

28-7

8. Sergio Pettis

21-5

9. Michael’s Page

20-1

10. Valentin Moldavsky

11-1

Women’s British Pound

1. Cris Cyborg

24-2

2. Juliana Velasquez

12-0

3. Ilima-Lei Macfarlane

11-1

4. Liz Carmouche

16-7

5. Denise Kielholtz

6-3

6. Arlene Blencowe

14-8

7. Cat Zingano

12-4

8. Kana Watanabe

10-1-1

9. Leah McCourt

6-1

10. Leslie Smith

12-9-1

Other notable results

  • Heavy: Linton Vassell makes a decision against Tyrell Fortune. Vassell jumped two places, surpassing Fortune and interim title challenger Tim Johnson to move up to No. 4. Fortune slid one place from 5th to 6th.

  • Feather class: Aaron Pico extended his winning streak to five with a win over Justin Gonzales. The win moved Pico up one spot to 5th.

  • Women’s feather class: Once a challenger to Cyborg’s crown, Arlene Blencowe remained at number 1 with a decisive win over Pam Sorenson. Sorenson held on to 7th place, although Jessy Miele moved up two places to tie in that 7th place.

  • Heavy: Steve Mowry sent Rakim Cleveland a busty kimura. He moved up one spot in the match against Fortune in 6th place.

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James Brien

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