Bellator 259: Cyborg vs. Smith 2 Betting Odds & Picks

  • Date & Location: Friday, May 21 @ Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT
  • Odds: Cris Cyborg (-1000) vs. Leslie Smith (+700) via BetOnline
  • Prediction: Cyborg via knockout

On Friday, Cris Cyborg puts her Bellator women’s featherweight title on the line against Leslie Smith. These two fought in May 2016. That scrap marked Cyborg’s first fight with the UFC. The bout, which took place at a catchweight of 140 pounds. Cyborg knocked out Smith 91 seconds into the fight.

Cyborg was 16-1-0-1 after she defeated Smith. Her career record is now 23-2-0-1. The loss to Cyborg dropped Smith’s record to 8-7-1. Smith’s record now stands at 12-8-1. Cyborg has 18 career knockout wins, while Smith has five career knockout triumphs.

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1st FighterBetOnlineBetOnline2nd Fighter
Cris Cyborg-1000+700Leslie Smith

CYBORG vs. SMITH PREDICTION & PICK

Cris Cyborg has been so dominant for so long that when Amanda Nunes defeated her in 2018, which was Cyborg’s first loss since her MMA debut in 2005, the countdown began on her career. Cyborg, who is 35, bounced back from that knockout loss to win her next three fights in three different manners — decision, knockout and submission. With her most recent win, Cyborg defended the featherweight title she won from Julia Budd with a submission over Arlene Blencowe.

Smith, who is 38, is one of the toughest fighters to compete in MMA, but she has never been as talented or hard-hitting as her opponent. Unless Cyborg has completely fallen off since her October stoppage of Blencowe, she should beat Smith.

Prediction: Cyborg -1409 via Bookmaker.

Cris CyborgTO BEAT LESLIE SMITH
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BETTING VALUE WITH CYBORG

The lowest I have seen Cyborg listed for this matchup is -1000 and while she is likely to win, I’m not sure of the value that bet offers as a straight win. I would be more inclined to get some additional value from a prop bet such as round, over/under on rounds or method of finish. My opinion is that this fight will end much like the first one with Cyborg getting a knockout win.

The value on Smith is there if you have a few dollars you’re willing to throw away. She is currently over +800 with some books. If she pulls off a very unlikely upset, Smith will offer a substantial payoff.

Pick: Cyborg via knockout -1100 via BetUS.

Cris CyborgTO WIN BY KNOCKOUT
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WHO HAS THE EDGE?

Cyborg has all the advantages in this matchup. The champ is the better all-around fighter and has far more ways to get the win than her opponent.

FIGHT STATS: CYBORG vs. SMITH

Cris Cyborg Category Leslie Smith
35 Age 38
23-2-0-1 Record 12-8-1
18 Knockout Wins 5
1 Submission Wins 0
4 Decision Wins 7
5’8″ Height 5’9″
145 Weight 145
68″ Reach 66″
Orthodox Stance Orthodox

WHAT’S AT STAKE?

For Cyborg, her title and reputation as one of the best women to compete in MMA history is on the line. Time eventually catches up with every fighter and I think that’s where we are with Cyborg — waiting to see when her opponent shows up faster, stronger and more talented than she is. I don’t think that opponent is Smith.

As for Smith. Cyborg knocked her out in under two minutes in their first meeting. She is looking for redemption as well as the Bellator title.

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Trent Reinsmith

Trent covers UFC and MMA for MTS. He currently covers MMA for MMA Junkie and Forbes. He has also written for Vice, Bloody Elbow, Fight! Magazine, UFC 360, and Narratively among others. He has been involved with MMA since he and some friends threw some money together to purchase the pay-per-view of UFC 1, and the rest is history.