Bellator 259 faceoff video highlights: Cris Cyborg, Leslie Smith have one last faceoff before rematch

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UNCASVILLE, Conn. – Bellator makes its return Friday and the women’s featherweight title will be on the line.

Bellator 259 takes place at Mohegan Sun Arena with the main card airing on Showtime after prelims on MMA Junkie. Atop the bill is Cris Cyborg (23-2 MMA, 2-0 BMMA), who defends her title against Leslie Smith (12-8-1 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) in the main event. The fight is a rematch of the two fighters’ 2016 bout, which Cyborg won by first-round TKO.

The co-main event also features a rematch. Former Bellator bantamweight champion Darrion Caldwell (15-4 MMA, 12-3 BMMA) returns to the division he once sat upon the throne of. He faces Leandro Higo (20-5 MMA, 3-3 BMMA), who missed weight by 1.5 pounds ahead of the bout.

Following Thursday’s official Bellator 259 weigh-ins, the athletes came face to face for some traditional pre-fight staredowns.

Check out the faceoffs below, including Cyborg vs. Smith, Caldwell vs. Higo, Austin Vanderford vs. Fabian Edwards, Valerie Loureda vs. Hannah Guy, and more.

Champion Cris Cyborg vs. Leslie Smith

https://twitter.com/MMAjunkie/status/1395435042260856836?s=20

Darrion Caldwell vs. Leandro Higo

https://twitter.com/MMAjunkie/status/1395434430647373827?s=20

Austin Vanderford vs. Fabian Edwards

https://twitter.com/MMAjunkie/status/1395433152198418433?s=20

Maycon Mendoca vs. Jaleel Willis

https://twitter.com/MMAjunkie/status/1395432059611533320?s=20

Valerie Loureda vs. Hannah Guy

https://twitter.com/MMAjunkie/status/1395430450638766084?s=20

Janay Harding vs. Leah McCourt

https://twitter.com/MMAjunkie/status/1395428615169331202?s=20

Brett Johns vs. Danny Sabatello

https://twitter.com/MMAjunkie/status/1395427505490698241?s=20

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