Uncasville, CT — Arlene Blencowe said “challenge accepted” during this week’s Bellator 262 media day, speaking to Cageside Press regarding opponent Dayana Silva never being finished in the cage. Not only was the challenge successful, but it was done in spectacular fashion. The #2 ranked fighter in the women’s featherweight division made another statement.
“I put a lot of pressure on myself,” Blencowe began. “I really stepped things up this camp. I really wanted to put on a super impressive performance and obviously get the job done. Finishes are always good, I’ve made the mistake of leaving fights up to the judges in the past.”
This was Blencowe’s first camp under the Jackson-Wink MMA banner. She spent some time at home in Australia in her usual spot, and the remaining weeks of camp were under the watchful eyes of the elite Jackson-Wink MMA coaching staff. Blencowe found out after the fight that she is currently unable to go back home thanks to COVID-19 related travel restrictions, thus making Jackson-Wink home for the foreseeable future.
“We actually just found out the Australian government aren’t letting us back home,” Blencowe told the media. “I’ll be going to New York City for a week to let my body heal, then back to Jackson-Wink, going into an 8 week fight camp. The restrictions at the moment aren’t letting us back in for at least another six weeks.”
Watch the full Bellator 262 post-fight press scrum with Arlene Blencowe above.