#1-Arlene Blencowe (15-8) defeated #7-Pam Sorenson (9-4) via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27) at Bellator 271

via Cageside Press:

That fight saw top contender and multi-time title challenger Arlene Blencowe up against Pam Sorenson, the latter fresh off her first win in the promotion. The duo kicked off the Bellator 271 main card in Hollywood, Florida.

A former Invicta FC champ, Sorenson was hoping to shake things up, and maybe fast-track to the top of the division with a win over Blencowe.

Blencowe opened up the fight like she had other ideas. An early right hand landed; an exchange followed, Blencowe getting the better of things. Sorenson was soon retreating, Blencowe pursuing and backing her up into the fence. Sorenson would then pursue a takedown, initially defended. Sorenson stayed on it, and Blencowe went to a knee, but was able to stay upright.

Arlene Blencowe and Pam Sorenson, Bellator 271 Credit: Lucas Noonan/Bellator MMA

Sorenson’s struggle to get the fight down continued in the third. Blencowe kept showing her heavy hands on the feet. All of which added up to a clear decision win for Arlene Blencowe — but having come up short in two title fights already, including one against current champ Cris Cyborg just over a year ago, a third crack at gold might be a while in the making.

Arlene released the following statements after her win:

“I am my own worst critic. It wasn’t the performance that we trained for, or that I was hoping for.”

“I felt my first right hand land and then just went head hunting with my hands. I was respecting her take downs.”

“I feel like I’m such a well-rounded fighter now. I didn’t showcase any of that. I didn’t hit the ground though.”

“You know what is not next? Retirement. I’m 38. Old girls rule. Retirement is nowhere near on the horizon. I’m No. 1 in the division. It is only up from here.”

“I’m heading home to Australia. I haven’t been home in six months. I haven’t seen my kids, my partner, my family, my friends. I’m just going to go home and enjoy the rest of the year. I’ll just enjoy some family time.”

“Pam Sorenson is a tough girl. She tried to take me down. I went head hunting and really wanted the knockout. I am convinced that I did enough to win the fight.”

(PHOTO CREDIT: LUCAS NOONAN/BELLATOR MMA)

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