Cris Cyborg retained her title during the main event of Bellator 271, winning her bout versus Irish Sinead Kavanaugh. Cris changed her strategy of mixing wrestling and punching and went on offense with strong punches. Her punching power enabled her to a one minute and 32 minutes knockout victory.
I trained really hard for this fight. I'm sorry to my team, I didn't do anything we planned!. I knew she was more of a striker, so I had the opportunity to go to my takedowns and go to my ground game. But I said I want to feel her a bit in the stand-up. I'm very excited [to get] the knockout. I asked for Cat Zingano next, but I'll leave it in the hands of Scott Coker. I don't choose any opponents.