Bellator 271 is set to unleash a huge night of MMA tonight, when Brazilian superstar Cris Cyborg attempts to defend her women's featherweight title against Ireland's Sinead Kavanagh in Florida. The main card starts at 10pm ET / 3am GMT. UK fans can watch the Cyborg vs Kavanagh free stream on BBC iPlayer (opens in new tab). Make sure you know how to watch a Bellator 271 free live stream from anywhere with ExpressVPN (opens in new tab). It's going to be epic.
Date: Friday 12th November 2021
Main card: 10pm ET / 3am GMT / 1am AEST
Cyborg vs Kavanagh: 12am ET / 5am GMT / 3am AEST
Venue: Hard Rock Live At Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Florida, USA
Watch anywhere: Try ExpressVPN (opens in new tab)
US stream: Showtime ($10.99/month) (opens in new tab)
Featherweight Cris Cyborg is the current 145-pound champion and top-ranked women's pound-for-pound star, so it's fair to say that Irish boxing sensation Sinead Kavanagh has a fight on her hands.
Kavanagh is no pushover, though. She made the transition from boxing to MMA in 2014 thanks to €10,000 in sponsorship from UFC legend Conor McGregor, and is determined to take home her first ever Bellator title.
"There's no pressure because this is where I've always wanted to be," Kavanagh told the Mirror. "I've worked my whole life for this moment. If this was just a boxing match I would take her out, I've more of a skillset than her."
For the uninitiated, Bellator is an American mixed martial arts organisation designed to rival Dana White's UFC. The outfit takes its name from bellātor, the Latin word for "warrior". Top Bellator fighters include Patrício "Pitbull" Freire, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and Cristiane " Cris Cyborg" Justino Venâncio.
Can Cyborg make her third consecutive defence of her featherweight title today? UK fans can watch the action free on BBC iPlayer (opens in new tab). Otherwise, here's how to find a Bellator 271 free live stream from anywhere in the world.
Bellator 271 free live stream
MMA fans in the UK with a valid TV license can stream Bellator 271 – including Cris Cyborg vs Sinead Kavanagh – free on BBC iPlayer (opens in new tab).
Aussie MMA fans can stream Bellator 271 free on the 10play (opens in new tab) website.
Of course, BBC iPlayer and 10play are geo-restricted to the UK and Australia respectively. Away this weekend? You can access either using a VPN (opens in new tab). We recommend ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) because it comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee and 24/7 customer support.
Watch a Bellator 271 live stream from anywhere in the world with a VPN
Even if you have subscribed to the relevant Bellator 271 rights holders, you won't be able to access these streaming services when outside your own country. The solution? A Virtual Private Network (VPN), which lets you access geo-restricted content from anywhere in the world.
There are many VPN providers out there, with some more reliable and safe than others. As a rule, we’d suggest a paid-for service such as ExpressVPN (opens in new tab).
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2. Open up the VPN app and choose the location of the service you wish to access. For the Bellator 271, you may wish to choose 'UK' for BBC iPlayer.
3. Then head over to BBC iPlayer (opens in new tab) on your browser or device and enjoy a Bellator 271 free live stream.
Watch a Bellator 271 live stream in the USA
Showtime has the rights to Bellator in the States. Subscription to Showtime costs $10.99 a month. You can join via Apple TV, Roku TV, Amazon Prime Video or your local cable provider.
Subscribe to Showtime via Amazon Prime Video (opens in new tab) and you'll get a 7-day free trial ($10.99/month thereafter).The same goes for Hulu. Or you can join direct via sho.com (opens in new tab) and grab a 30-day free trial.
Bellator 271 fight card and schedule
Cris Cyborg vs Sinead Kavanagh, for Cyborg's Bellator women's featherweight title
Linton Vassell vs Tyrell Fortune
Aaron Pico vs Justin Gonzales
Arlene Blencowe vs Pam Sorenson
Steve Mowry vs Rakim Cleveland
Bruna Ellen vs Desiree Yanez
Roman Faraldo vs Robert Turnquest
Cody Law vs Colton Hamm
Valerie Loureda vs Taylor Turner
Jordan Newman vs Shane O’Shea
Mahmoud Fawzy vs Ethan Hughes
Cyborg vs Kavanagh: tale of the tape
Name: Cris Cyborg – Sinead Kavanagh
Nationality: Brazilian – Irish
Date of birth: 9th July 1985 – 1st Feb 1986
Height: 5ft 8in – 5ft 5in
Reach: 68 inches – 65 inches
Total fights: 27 – 11
Record: 24-4, 1 no contest – 7-4
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