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By David Tees on 1/28/2024 4:00 PM

Leah McCourt is widely believed to be the number one contender to the Bellator Women’s Flyweight Title that is held by Cris Cyborg.

Bellator is now under the ownership of the PFL and McCourt believes the PFL brass is ignoring her and her status as the top contender to Cyborg’s title.

“I’m just a bit frustrated, I’m a bit pissed off, because I’ve felt since this acquisition has happened, I’ve just been dismissed publicly again and again as the No. 1 contender,” McCourt said on The MMA Hour. “I’ve fought everybody in Bellator, I’ve fought some of the best girls in the world. If you look at the girls I’ve fought, I deserve to be the No. 1 contender and to be fighting for the world title next, and I just haven’t had that kind of recognition, and it’s just been constantly taken away.

“Kayla and Cyborg, Larissa [Pacheco] and Cyborg – it’s never been the Bellator No. 1 contender, so that’s been frustrating. Look what’s happened now. Kayla’s went to the UFC, so it’ll be interesting to see what happens.”

McCourt, during her time with Bellator, has picked up notable wins over Kerry Hughes, Janay Harding, Dayana Silva and Sara McMann.

The fighter says fans will have to check with PFL officials about her status as a top contender.

“You would think so, but…I’m still in the dark,” McCourt said. “You have to ask them.”