It's fight day in Uncasville, Connecticut. Bellator MMA is back stateside after two straight events overseas from Milan and Paris. Now, the action is set to kick up on U.S. soil with big events over the next five weeks, all emanating from the Mohegan Sun Arena. The slate kicks off on Thursday night with women's featherweight champion Cris Cyborg putting her title on the line against Arlene Blencowe.
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But there's plenty of action to consume ahead of the main event. There's a seven-bout preliminary card to whet the appetite before the main card gets going. Some of Bellator's best rising prospects are in action on Thursday night in showcase opportunities. You can catch all the prelim action from the Mohegan Sun Arena beginning at 7:15 p.m. ET with our live stream on this page. Below is the complete card and viewing information.
Bellator 249 prelims (7:15 p.m. ET)
- Andrew Kapel def. Joseph Creer via second-round TKO (doctor stoppage)
- Kemron Lachinov def. Kyle Crutchmer via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Christian Edwards def. Hamza Salim via second-round submission (rear-naked choke)
- Da'Mon Blackshear def. Mike Kimbel via second-round submission (rear-naked choke)
- Aviv Gozali def. Logan Neal via first-round submission (Kimura)
- Albert Gonzales def. Kastroit Xhema via second-round TKO (Xhema unable to continue)
Bellator 249 main card (10 p.m. ET)
- Cris Cyborg vs. Arlene Blencowe, women's featherweight title
- Ricky Bandejas vs. Leandro Higo, bantamweights
- Steve Mowry vs. Shawn Teed, heavyweights
- Mandel Nallo vs. Saad Awad, lightweights
- Date: Oct. 15 | Start time: 7:15 p.m. (prelims) | 10 p.m. (main card)
- Location: Mohegan Sun Arena -- Uncasville, Connecticut
- TV: CBS Sports Network | Live stream: CBSSports.com (prelims only)