Bellator MMA is not going to make it easy on Pam Sorenson in November.
MMA Fighting first reported on Friday that Sorenson (9-3) would be making her second promotional appearance against multiple-time featherweight title challenger Arlene Blencowe (14-8) at Bellator 271. The two 145-pound women with sights set on gold in the future will square off inside the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Fla. News of this booking has since been confirmed by the organization.
Sorenson made her successful debut with Bellator in August, capturing a split decision over ex-Professional Fighters League lightweight Roberta Samad. The departing Invicta Fighting Championships featherweight queen took over two years away from the sport after claiming the belt from Kaitlin Young in August 2019. Before winning the vacant strap against Young, she fell short to Felicia Spencer to suffer her first stoppage loss in 2018.
Australia’s Blencowe bounced back from a humbling submission loss to Cristiane Justino – the very first submission victory in the career of “Cris Cyborg” – by pounding out Dayana Silva in July. The win was her seventh as a Bellator featherweight, tying her with Juliana Velasquez for the third-most in divisional history. She is also tied for the record for the most appearances by a woman in company history, fighting 11 times under the Bellator banner. The woman known as "Angerfist" has earned more knockouts than any other female fighter in Bellator history.
Bellator 271 will be staged at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Fla., on Nov. 12. The headliner comes in the same division as Sorenson-Blencowe, when Justino squares off against Sinead Kavanagh for the belt. Heavyweights will also cross swords that night, as Tyrell Fortune meets Linton Vassell.