UFC 250 Fight Information
Nunes vs Spencer
Saturday, June 6th – 10:00PM ET
UFC APEX Arena, Las Vegas, NV
Network: ESPN+ PPV
The Women’s MMA goat, Amanda Nunes (19-4-0) returns to the octagon this Saturday, June 6th to defend her UFC Women’s Featherweight title against former Invicta FC Featherweight champion Felicia Spencer (8-1-0). “The Lioness” will enter the fight as a -650 favorite over the Jungle MMA representative.
While this is a top-heavy card, there are plenty of fights to be excited for at UFC 250. In addition to the championship main event, we’ll see three amazing bantamweight fights on the main card. Check out UFC odds at BetUS.
Eddie Wineland and Sean O’Malley kick off the pay-per-view in a clash between two exciting strikers with solid chins. Neil Magny and Anthony Rocco Martin will go toe-to-toe in a welterweight bout.
Aljamain Sterling and Cory Sandhagen will precede the co-main event of Cody Garbrandt and Raphael Assuncao.
Let’s take a look at the women’s title fight atop the card.
Amanda Nunes (-650) Felicia Spencer (+425 – UFC 250
Felicia Spencer, who fights out of Orlando, FL has a black belt in Taekwondo and Brazilia Jiu-Jitsu. “Feenom” is 8-1 in her career with four submissions and two KO/TKO’s. Her lone loss was a unanimous decision surrendered to Cris Cyborg.
Spencer is an experienced striker with a very strong ground game. After losing to Cyborg, Spencer she finished Zarah Fairn Dos Santos in the first round of their February contest.
That won’t be enough against the goat.
Amanda Nunes, who still holds both the UFC Women’s Bantamweight and Featherweight titles, has decisively and violently beaten almost every opponent she has faced since 2015. Nunes is a technical fighter that has really learned to hone her aggression and choose her spots.
Nunes defeated Cris Cyborg for the 145lb title in December 2018. The fight against Spencer will be her first attempt at defending that belt. In doing so, Nunes will be the first UFC champion to hold and successfully defend two UFC titles simultaneously.
The champion will be the slightly larger fighter as she holds a 2″ height and 1″ reach advantage over the challenger. This slight edge will bode well with Nunes’ style and allow her some space against her taekwondo/kickboxing foe.
Nunes has stood across from the best women the sport has ever seen and has left with her hand raised every time.
My money’s on the champ champ to make history and defend the strap.
Raphael Assuncao (+115) vs Cody Garbrandt (-145) – UFC 250
Garbrandt reached the pinnacle, having won the bantamweight title before. Assuncao was derailed by injury during his ascension before ultimately losing to T.J. Dillashaw in a title fight.
Assuncao is a submission artist that is not afraid to get his hands dirty and throw punches. The Brazilian holds wins over Rob Font, Marlon Moraes, Aljamain Sterling, Bryan Caraway, T.J. Dillashaw, and others. He’s submitted 10 of his opponents and knocked out four others.
Most recently, Assuncao is coming off back-to-back losses for the first time since 2010. He was submitted in the first round of a second fight versus Moraes last February. He followed that up with a unanimous decision loss to Cory Sandhagen (who’s also on the card). A win over Garbrandt could see him climb closer into title contention, especially now that the title is vacant and he’s ranked 5th. A third straight loss, however, could see Assuncao take a tumble in the rankings.
Regardless, he’ll need to get through Cody Garbrandt first. Garbrandt is on a losing streak of his own. The former UFC Bantamweight Champion has not won since that one glorious night against Dominick Cruz. He’s 0-3 with three KO/TKO losses
Garbrandt’s advantage is his punching power and speed. If Garbrandt connects, he can put anyone in the 135lb division’s lights out. He’s also a good, crafty wrestler. I feel these skills play to Assuncao’s advantage.