Amanda Nunes makes her first defence of the UFC women’s featherweight title against Felicia Spencer on June 6 – will it be a successful outing for the two-weight world champion or can the challenger end the Brazilian’s dominance of women’s MMA?
Amanda Nunes v Felicia Spencer Preview: Where Is UFC 250 Being Held?
The UFC returned with a triple-header of events in Jacksonville, Florida between May 9 and May 16, but it is returning to its home base of Las Vegas. Nevada for back-to-back weekends, starting with the UFC Fight Night on May 30 headlined by Tyron Woodley v Gilbert Burns. That event is being held at the UFC APEX facility that is available for fighter training and has hosted episodes of the Dana White Contender Series, and it will now host a UFC PPV event for the first time with UFC 250: Nunes v Spencer also set to take place at the private venue.
Road To UFC 250: Amanda Nunes v Felicia Spencer
Amanda Nunes may not boast a flawless professional record, but a 10-fight win streak, two world titles and a string of big-name victims have cemented her status as the greatest female fighter the sport of mixed martial arts has ever seen. They have also staked a serious claim to her being the best mixed martial artist on the entire planet. ‘The Lioness’ really has been that good over the past five years.
The streak started in March 2015 when she took out the experienced Shayna Baszler in side two minutes and from there she has taken out a who’s who of female fighters. She ripped the women’s bantamweight title away from Miesha Tate in less than a round, destroyed Ronda Rousey in under a minute, got the better of Valentina Shevchenko twice, and she also took out Holly Holm in four minutes and 10 seconds.
However, none of them rank as a signature win for Nunes. That was the sensational destruction of Cris Cyborg in December 2018. Cyborg appeared to be an unstoppable wrecking ball when Nunes stepped up to challenge her for the women’s featherweight title, and although nobody was writing off the challenger it was widely felt that Nunes was facing the toughest test of her career so far. It was a test that she would pass in sensational fashion though, rocking Cyborg early on and then finishing her off with strikes with just 51 seconds on the clock to become the first woman to hold UFC titles in two different weight classes at the same time.
Since that night Nunes has successfully defended her bantamweight title on two occasions, but can she now stage a successful first defence of her featherweight belt on June 6?
Providing the opposition in this main event title fight will be former Invicta FC featherweight title-holder Felicia Spencer. The 29-year-old Canadian made a flying start to life in the UFC when she submitted Megan Anderson inside one round in May 2019, but she failed to make it back-to-back victories as she fell to defeat in her second trip to the Octagon. Spencer earned plenty of praise as she went the distance with former champion Cris Cyborg, even managing to cut her with strikes in the process, but she did not do enough to gain favour with the judges and was handed her first professional defeat on the scorecards.
‘Feenom’ bounced back in her next outing with a first-round stoppage of Zarah Fairn Dos Santos back in February, earning her a shot at the featherweight title, but can she really record the biggest win of her career by dethroning Nunes at UFC 250 on June 6? Or will ‘The Lioness’ remain the queen of the pack in women’s MMA? Read on for our free Amanda Nunes v Felicia Spencer UFC 250 predictions and tips…
Amanda Nunes v Felicia Spencer UFC 250 Predictions & Tips
Felicia Spencer is clearly no mug and the fact that she went the distance with Cris Cyborg shows that she can stand up to punishment, but she has never shared the Octagon with a fighter the calibre of Amanda Nunes – the greatest female fighter in the history of mixed martial arts and one if the greatest female combat sports athletes of all time. She has had her losses along the way, but for the past five years she has been unstoppable and the list of victims is a who’s who – Baszler, Shevchenko, Tate, Rousey, Cyborg and Holm. It is not a case of will she win, but how will she win?
Nunes boasts a few submission wins on her record, including tapping out Miesha Tate in the first round to win the bantamweight belt back in 2016, but here bread and butter is the striking game where she is absolutely lethal. Only two fighters have managed to go the distance with her in the past five years and she absolutely tore through one of the most devastating strikers in the game, Cyborg, to become a two-weight world champion in just 51 seconds in December 2018. To steal a phrase from Rocky IV, “whoever she hits, she destroys”.
Therefore I have to suggest backing Nunes to win via KO/TKO at UFC 250, but if you are looking for bigger odds than the 4/5 currently available I have to suggest dipping into the Round Betting market. A stoppage in the first three rounds is tempting at 4/6 but if you are looking to really up the risk in search of better odds I suggest considering another first-round blitz from the champion. Nunes has won four of her last seven fights in the very first round and two of her last three successes have seen her dispatch her opponent with strikes in the opening period. Spencer is durable but if Nunes has the ability and power to test her chin, so we could see more of the same here as ‘The Lioness’ successfully defends her throne once again.