Bellator 279 results: Livestreaming play-by-play updates | Cyborg vs. Blencowe 2

The Bellator MMA is holding its second event in as many nights later TONIGHT (Saturday, April 23, 2022) as the Bellator 279 crashes from inside the Neal S. Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu, Hawaii. The main event is a featherweight title fight for women as Cris Cyborg defends his belt against Arlene Blencowe for the second time. The Bantamweight Grand Prix also starts with Patchy Mix taking on Kyoji Horiguchi. In the co-main event, Juan Archuleta will battle the Raufeon Stots in a temporary bantamweight title fight.

Bellator 279’s motherboard will be broadcast on Showtime at 22:30 ET, with “Prelims” undercard action beginning at. 20:00 ET. MMAmania.com will provide results for the full map and comprehensive play-by-play for the TV part of Bellator 279 below.

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BELLATOR 279 QUICK RESULTS:

145 lbs .: Champion Cris Cyborg vs. Arlene Blencowe – Cyborg by unanimous decision (HIGHLIGHTS)
135 lbs .: Raufeon Stots vs Juan Archuleta – Stots wins by knockout in third round (HIGHLIGHTS)
125 lbs .: Ilima-Lei Macfarlane vs. Justine Kish – Kish by unanimous decision
135 lbs .: Uneven mixture vs. Kyoji Horiguchi Mixing by unanimous decision
155 lbs .: Emmanuel Sanchez vs. Yancy Medeiros – Medeiros by unanimous decision
170 lbs .: Goiti Yamauchi vs Levan Chokheli – Yamauchi, first round of submission (armbar)
155 lbs .: Keoni Diggs vs Bobby King – King via split decision
145 lbs .: Janay Harding vs. Dayan Silva – Silva by 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 submission in second round (naked choke at the back)
135 lbs .: Ryan Dela Cruz vs. Jordan Winski – Winksi by unanimous decision
125 lbs .: Sumiko Inaba vs. Whittany Pyles – Inaba via knockout in first round

BELLATOR 279 PLAY-BY-PLAY

Champion Cris Cyborg vs. Arlene Blencowe

Round 1: Cyborg lands a pair of left hands. Blencowe stays in his pocket and exchanges strikes with Cyborg. Great kick in the body from the master. Cyborg pushes Blencowe up against the fence. Knee to thigh. High kicks land for Cyborg. Left corner from Cyborg. Blencowe lands a nice right hand. Cyborg lands a giant right hand and loses Blencowe. Cyborg is in favor of the killing, but Blencowe survives. A break in the action as the referee says Cyborg knelt his opponent in the head. Not sure if a point has been taken from Cyborg. The action resumes and Cyborg gets the takedown. Main kick lands for Cyborg. Blencowe survives a tough first round. 10-9 Cyborg

Round 2: Cyborg attacks the leading leg, Blencowe counter with a right hand. Cyborg emerges. Double plug from the master. Cyborg seems to be bleeding from her ear. Blencowe goes downstairs with an inside leg kick. Cybog with a stiff right hand, stops Blencow’s forward momentum. Cyborg changes level and enters the dismantling, stuffed. Cyborg pinches and pushes Blencowe up towards the cage. Cyborg is still trying to take down, but Blencowe escapes. Blencowe is now cut across her left eye. Nice right hand lands for Blencowe. Cyborg appears to have injuries to her left eye. Both of these ladies are throwing bombs! Cyborg misses the high kick, but she hits Blencowe with a solid shot to close the round. 10-9 Cyborg.

Round 3: Head kick by Cyborg, followed by a kick to the legs. Cyborg’s left eye appears to swell. Great leg kick from the challenger. Cyborg sets fire immediately. Internal leg kick from Cyborg lands. Blencowe marks Cyborg with a left hook and knocks her out of balance to the canvas. Cyborg smiles and gets up immediately. Front kick from Cyborg. Nice right hand right down the tube for Blencowe. Both of these ladies get crushed, bloody, beaten. Cyborg is working with the lead again. Overhand straight from Cyborg. Main kick blocked by Blencowe. Internal leg kick from the champion. Exterior leg kick to Cyborg, checked by Blencowe, who rushes in with a one-two. Blencowe puts pressure, Cyborg does not retire. Close round. 10-9 Blencowe

Round 4: Who had this match for the championship rounds? Front kick begins for Cyborg. Blencowe throws a looping right hand. Nice right hand from Blencowe. Cyborg works again with the lead and peppers away. Right hand lands for Cyborg. Blencowe again knocks Cyborg out of balance, the fence keeps her up. Cyborg grabs Blencowe and takes her for a ride with a HUGE suplex. Brock Lesnar would be proud. Page control now for Cyborg. Cyborg is working on an arm, possible Kimura trial. Blencowe tries to circle away. North-South position for Cyborg, back to side control. She lets her up. Blencowe throws a wild right hand, does not land. Shot to the body of Blencowe. Kick in the stomach from Cyborg, it follows up with a sharp stab that lands in flush. They act in the middle of the cage as the round ends. 10-9 Cyborg

Round 5: Nice plug from Blencowe. Internal leg kick from Cyborg. Solid right hand from Cyborg rocker Blencowe, who is still hanging in there. She is a tough cookie. Another right hand sends Blencowe stumbling back. Main kick from Cyborg. Blencowe still comes forward, eating a left hand. Spinning kick lands for Cyborg. Jab from Cyborg. Front kick from Cyborg lands. Combination with three strokes rattles Blencowe. Blencowe scores with his left hand. Blencowe’s eye is bleeding profusely. Inside leg kick to Cyborg, she’s been doing it all night long. Blencowe challenges Cyborg to stand and bang in the middle of the cage. Cyborg uses its connector. Blencowe presses and feels that she needs the finish. Cyborg with a giant left hand. Blencowe is bleeding profusely as the match ends. 10-9 Cyborg

End result: Cyborg def. Blencowe by unanimous decision


Raufeon Stots vs. John Archuleta

Round 1: Stots marks Archuleta immediately. They come out early and swing hard. Archuleta stumbles forward. Intense pace to begin this title fight. Archuleta changes level and lands a giant takedown on the Stots. Archuleta has a tight grip on the Stots, and does not do much with this position. Stots fire some pop shots, nothing major. Archuleta tries to grab the wrist. Back to the feet, Archuleta still holds on to the Stots. Archuleta try to get another takedown, Stots showing good defense. Stots able to separate. Archuleta comes in with a two-punch combo. Archuleta is cut across his left eye. Stots changes level and gets the takedown. Stots takes Archuleta’s back. The “Spaniard” escapes, but Stots gets his back again to close the round. Close round. 10-9 Archuleta

Round 2: Archuleta opens up and brings the pressure, Archuleta swings with bad intentions here. One-two lands for Stots. Three straight connectors from Archuleta. Nice left hand lands for Archuleta. Kick to the body from Stots. Body images, upstairs from “The Spaniard.” Archuleta shoots in for the takedown, defended well by the Stots. Action up against the fence. Archulete looking for a ride, Stots show a great takedown defense. Stots create the separation. Archuleta rushes in, Stots changes level and scores a takedown, but Archuleta gets up quickly. Archuleta pushes Stots up against the cage, having the double under hooks. Stots defends well, Archuleta looking for a single leg. Great balance by Stots. Archuleta is relentless, but he does not get the takedown this time. 10-9 Archuleta

Round 3: Archuleta with two straight hooks. Stots triggers a giant kick out of nowhere and puts Archuleta out! He goes in for the killing and he gets it after a few follow-up shots. WOW! It came out of nowhere. Upon further review, it was the knee that captured Archuleta. Stots is the new interim champion in bantamweight.

End result: Stots def. Archuleta via knockout


Ilima-Lei Macfarlane vs Justine Kish

Round 1: Macfarlane changes level immediately and shoots to takedown. Defended well by Kish, who now has the “Pineapple Princess” up against the fence. Kish takes her down and they are up again. Macfarlane parted now, and Kish whistled at a giant left hand during the break. Macfarlane tries to close the distance, finding her range. Double plug from Hawaiian. Fints from Kish, but not a whole lot of action. Right hand upstairs to Macfarlane. Both ladies a little cautious. One or two lands at Macfarlane. Kish throws but catches nothing but air. Nice left hook for the body from Macfarlane, it follows up with a jab. Kish marks Macfarlane with a left hook. Kish throws his strikes at a distance and will not 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 choker in front. It looks tight, but Macfarlane falls on his back and forces Kish to let go. Kish locks it back on and squeezes hard. Macfarlane seems to be okay here. Kish gets up, she tries to get up, but Macfarlane pulls her down into her one leg. She is now looking for an ankle lock, Kish back on her feet. Leg kick by Kish. Macfarlane goes to takedown again, but Kish stops it. Knees to the body from Macfarlane and Kish takes her down. Kish now in Macfarlane’s guard. Two minutes left. Kish loses some elbows, nothing lands clean. Macfarlane tries to escape, but Kish holds on tight and escapes some blows from the top position. Kish gets up, lets his enemy get up. Odd. Nice left hand lands for Kish. Macfarlane with right uppercut, counting straight from Kish. 10-9 Kish

Round 3: Must be tied to a piece in this final round. It’s everyone’s ball game. Macfarlane opens up with a calf kick. Macfarlane marks Kish with an overhand right. Double plug from Hawaiian. Kish with a wild turn, catches air again. Kish with a big smile on his face, Macfarlane circling and trying to close the distance. Great leg kick from Kish. Macfarlane stuns Kish with a right hand, loses her, but Kish somehow manages to grab her and get the takedown. She is now in side control. Two minutes left of the match. Kish lands body shot, Macfarlane must get up. Kish has her in the crucifix and lands shots in the face. Half guard now for Kish. Full assembly for Kish. Macfarlane gives up his back and Kish has an armbar. Omoplata trial now for Kish. These ladies are now twisted up in an awkward position, Macfarlane twists and she holds Kish’s back as time runs out. 10-9 Kish

End result: Kish def. Macfarlane by unanimous decision


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