UFC legend Cris Cyborg secures FIRST EVER submission win to choke out Arlene Blencowe at Bellator 249

FORMER UFC star Cris Cyborg secured her first ever submission victory at Bellator 249 on Saturday night.

The 35-year-old Brazilian made a successful defence of her featherweight title by making Arlene Blencowe tap out in the second round.

Incredibly despite years of dominance in Strikerforce, UFC and now Bellator, Cyborg had never managed to end a fight early by submission.

But Blencowe had nowhere to go after being locked into a rear-naked choke as referee Kevin McDonald intervened.

It was the headliner at the behind-closed-doors show in Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.

Speaking to CBS Sports after another victory Cyborg, real name Cristiane Justino said: "I was really working hard because I wanted my first submission in MMA. I never did that before.

"This is a dream come true. I'm very happy and excited for the next one."

She has now achieved an incredible record of 23 wins and two defeats.

Since being beaten on her debut in 2005, Cyborg has only lost to Amanda Nunes at UFC 232 in December 2018.

Australian Blencowe, 37 – a former boxer – now has a record of 13 wins and eight defeats in MMA.

Last month it was reported that Katie Taylor has been given the green light to face Cyborg in a world title boxing bout.

But the Irish star, 34, may have to agree to step into the octagon in return for the deal to take place.

Bellator president Scott Coker confirmed Cyborg could switch across from MMA to challenge the 16-0 Taylor.

Coker told The Telegraph: "I would be thrilled. This is a goal that is important to Cyborg.

"She told me a year ago when I signed her that she wanted to box and become a world champion in boxing.

"We have been approached by three or four females to fight, but while having a boxing title under her belt is something she wants to do, my request is – win, lose, or draw – when the boxing match is done, they reciprocate and come and have an MMA fight in the next six months.

"Then, in my view, it's fair. If this is something she [Cyborg] wants to do, we are going to support her."  

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