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, and the US state will be a leading contender to host the UFC 250 card on Saturday, June 6. However, it could face some competition from the state of Arizona following confirmation that it will now allow professional sporting events to take place there. UFC president Dana White’s has already revealed that the promotion could move events to Arizona if Las Vegas does not ‘re-open’ in the coming weeks and months, and although he did not reference UFC 250, it could be the first of a series of events in Arizona.
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…