RISING bantamweight Arlene Blencowe has Cris Cyborg in her sights after a devastating TKO win at AFC 18 in China.
Blencowe put the UFC on notice, finishing Tasmanian Rhiannon Thompson in the first-round on Saturday night.
And the fierce striker, who is part of the renowned Lions High Performance Centre stable in Sydney that already boasts UFC stars Tyson Pedro and Tai Tuivasa, wants a battle with the meanest woman on the planet.
“Half the battle for me was to make sure I made the bantamweight division because I’ve got my sights set on making the UFC,” Blencowe said.
“Now that I’ve made the weight and got an impressive win I’m hoping I can get a contract offer from the UFC.
“I know that I’m in their (UFC) sights. I’m waiting to be signed and I know they’re aware of me. I’m hoping I’m pretty close.”
Blencowe’s coach Shaun Sullivan confirmed the 32-year-old was on the cusp of the UFC, having had talks with the promotion in the lead up to the bout.
“She’s fought on Bellator and had some success there and she could fight back over there but she’s got her sights on the UFC,” he said.
“She’s showed in her last few fights that she can mix it with the best in the world, and I don’t just think she can go in there and hold her own, I think she can fight well, so fingers crossed.
“We’ll talk with the right people in the next couple of weeks and then we’ll have an idea of what to do next.”
— Alex Oates (@AlexJOates11) April 15, 2017
Blencowe has already called out Cyborg and Bethe Correia on Twitter and she has an unwavering belief that she can match it with the star-studded Brazilian pair.
“With Cyborg, a lot of girls get put off by her heavy hands but I think it’s a place where I can take it to her,” Blencowe said.
“I’m not disrespecting her by calling her out, she’s obviously No.1 fighter in the world for a reason, but i think she’s beatable, she’s runs to her opponents and leaves herself open and I want to see how that chin is and if she can take a punch.”
— Arlene Blencowe (@arleneangerfist) February 17, 2017
Blencowe was unable to get a definitive answer on the fight from Cyborg, who declared she would be guided by her management.
“The tweet did get a bit of interest, so there is talk of me fighting her,” Blencowe said.
“But I’ll fight whoever. I’m not scared to fight anybody. The only two losses I’ve had in the last 2 1/2 years have been to girls who are No.2 and No.3 in the world in my division and it’s only my fourth year in MMA.”
Blencowe wasted no time asserting her dominance on Thompson, rocking her early in one of the showpiece bouts in Xian, China.
“It’s always happiness when you get a victory, but me being me, I’m picky with my performance.
“I copped a couple. I tagged her but she tagged me at the same time but I rocked her with a couple of punches and it got stood back up and I could see she was wobbly at the knees.
“But I just tried to be patient and then the ref stepped in and stopped it.”
In the main event at AFC 18, Queenslander Isaac Hardman created history, winning the lightweight belt.
Hardman left Kiwi James Bishop with a nasty cut on his forehead, forcing a doctor’s stoppage after two rounds.
Originally published as Aussie UFC hopeful wants date with Cyborg
SOURCE: newsnow sport