Leslie Smith vs. Arlene Blencowe added to Bellator 233

An exciting featherweight contest has been added to the Bellator 233 main card on Nov. 8.

Leslie “The Peacemaker” Smith (11-7-1) is scheduled to face Australia’s Arlene Blencowe (12-7) in a featherweight bout that could determine the divisions next title challenger in 2020.

Smith enters the bout on a three-fight win streak. That streak includes her last two fights under the UFC banner and her debut at Bellator 224 in July– a majority decision win over Sinead Kavanagh. Smith’s resume includes wins over Raquel Pennington, Jenifer Maia, Rin Nakai and Irene Aldana,

“Angerfist” Blencowe has gone 2-0 since losing a split-decision to featherweight champ Julia Budd in 2017. Both of those victories have come by way of KO/TKO. Blencowe’s resume includes wins over Faith McMah, Gabrielle Holloway, Janay Harding and Sinead Kavanagh.

Who will you be rooting for?

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  1. Could prove to be an interesting match-up. Blencowe arguably could have won her last fight with Budd. I’m curious to see how one of Bellator’s best FW’s will match up against Smith.

  2. Arlene Blencowe, my favorite Bellator Women’s Featherweight fighter. I hope she gets past Leslie Smith and get a chance at the winner of the Cyborg vs Budd fight. I actually thought Leslie Smith lost to Sinead Kavanagh. But I’m no longer surprised by how Bellator close decision fights tend to seem to go the way of the perceived fighter Bellator wishes to push, I.e. Brent Primus over Gleristone Santos, Raphael Carvalho over Melvin Manhoef in their first fight, Olga Rubin over Iony Razafiarson, Liam McGeary over Emanuel Newton, and so on and so forth. It seems to be a Bellator pattern even though the judges are independent of Bellator. Hmmm?

  3. Duh, that’s what all you MMA fans do when a bad decision is made. You probably was one of those that thought Brent Primus beat Gleristone Santos even though the crowd was booing loudly and the Bellator announcer actually said he was surprised by that decision. People just go along with whatever propaganda is being fed to them. MMA fans can see a clear robbery in judges scorecards and then fall for the propaganda, well, he/she did win it, and we’ll, it could have gone either way, but the right person won. Anything to rationalize a bad judges scorecards just to go with the judges scorecards.

  4. What if it’s what we really feel and not falling for any propaganda ? that we literally legitimately disagree with you ??

  5. Whatever you need to tell yourself into you buying into propaganda being sold to you. MMA social media fans are ridiculous. Fight, eye poke clearly happens, fighter can’t continue. MMA social media fans: there was no eye poke. The fighter wanted out. The fighter was scared. Judges scorecards are totally off. MMA social media fans: well, I think the judges got it right. Wash, rinse, repeat with whatever propaganda being sold.

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