Former Taree boxer Arlene 'Angerfist' Blencowe was unsuccessful in claiming the Bellator mixed martial arts (MMA) women's featherweight championship.
The 37-year-old former Manning River Times-Ken McDonald Memorial Sportstar of the Year was submitted by reigning champion, Brazilian Cris Cyborg, in round two of the main event of Bellator 249, held in Uncasville, Connecticut USA on Friday afternoon, October 16 (Australian time).
Cyborg had a slight height and weight advantage and a 4.5 inch reach over the Aussie for the fight.
Blencowe was on the charge from the start but Cyborg managed to counter with leg kicks.
Blencowe was soon swept and put on the ground halfway through the first round. Cyborg took side control and rained down elbows on Blencowe.
Cyborg finished the round strong with a plethora of strikes and took the lead on points.
The Aussie again put the pressure on early in round two but was hurt by the power of Cyborg's left and right combinations.
Cyborg then got a full mount inside of 90 seconds and dropped heavy shots on Blencowe. At this time, Blencowe drew blood and referee Kevin MacDonald went close to stopping the fight.
Cyborg then dropped a powerful elbow strike that made Blencowe give up her back. The Brazilian locked in a rear naked choke to secure her first career submission victory.
This was Blencowe's second shot at the championship.
Blencowe's record now moves to 13-8, with her future in the sport now up in the air.
Regardless of her decision, Blencowe will be remembered as a pioneer of Australian women in mixed martial arts.