Arlene Blencowe defeated Sinead Kavanagh via split decision on the preliminary portion of the Bellator 182 event. The judges scored the contest 28-29, 30-27, 29-28.
Blencowe improves her record to 10-6-0. She is now riding high on a three-fight win streak, following previous first round knockout victories over Janay Harding and Rhiannon Thompson. The 34-year-old Australian is currently the number-four ranked featherweight fighter in the world, according to the WMMA World Rankings.
Kavanagh falls to 4-2-0, putting herself on a two-fight losing streak following a unanimous decision loss to Iony Razafiarison at February’s Bellator 173 event.
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Bellator 182 took place on August 25 from the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York, United States.