Arlene Blencowe Impresses In Bellator Debut

Note: This is an article I wrote for MMA Latest News

One of the most powerful women’s featherweight prospects, Australia’s Arlene “Angerfist” Blencowe, took a big step in her mixed martial arts career after she finished veteran Adrienna Jenkens in the first round of their fight at Bellator 137. The bout took place on a portion of the fight card that was not televised or streamed.

Jenkins took the fight on short notice, replacing Alexis Dufresne who withdrew from her scheduled fight against Blencowe (6-4 MMA, 1-0 Bellator) after she learned of her pregnancy. Like Blencowe, Jenkins was making her Bellator debut after accumulating a wealth of experience over the years and has fought opponents such as Tonya Evinger, Shayna Baszler and Sarah Schneider.

Blencowe made her MMA debut back in 2013, winning three of her first eight fights – all which took place in one year. She came into this fight with a third-round knockout over Faith Van Duin – avenging an earlier loss. The Angerfist also has a professional boxing background, winning the Women’s International Boxing Association World light welterweight and World Boxing Federation female welterweight titles in her third professional fight. She is scheduled to fight in July, according to BoxingRec. Her opponent is unknown at this time.

When Bellator brought back their women’s featherweight division they included big names like Marloes Coenen and Julia Budd, as well as some unknowns. Blencowe’s win has helped separate her from the rest of the pack. I’d like to see Blencowe get a shot at either Coenen or Budd.

Bellator doesn’t have any other women’s bouts scheduled for the rest of 2015 nor have they indicated they will crown a champion. Still, Blencowe’s stock rose after her win over Jenkins and her career can only go up from here.

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