On Saturday, Amanda Nunes is looking to join Daniel Cormier and Henry Cejudo as the only UFC fighters ever to defend titles in two divisions.
Canadian Felicia Spencer gets her shot at the UFC women’s featherweight title on Saturday night from Las Vegas, but she’s a big underdog on the mixed martial arts odds against champion Amanda Nunes – who might be the best female MMA fighter ever. The main event should start around 11:30 p.m. ET.
Nunes (19-4) is both the UFC bantamweight and featherweight champion as well as the pound-for-pound queen in the organization. She is a -525 favourite on the UFC odds board with Spencer (8-1) at +360. This was originally to be a co-main event of UFC 250 in Nunes’ native Brazil on May 9, but Nunes said she wasn’t fighting then because a lack of training due to the coronavirus. That card ended up being postponed.
The 32-year-old “Lioness” hasn’t lost since September 2014 via third-round TKO against Cat Zingano. Nunes won the bantamweight title as a +190 underdog vs. Miesha Tate at UFC 200 in July 2016. Nunes added the featherweight belt with an upset of Cris Cyborg in December 2018 via stunning first-round knockout. Nunes has fought twice since, back at bantamweight, and beat Holly Holm via first-round TKO and Germaine de Randamie by unanimous decision.
Nunes wins by KO/TKO 68 percent of the time. She averages 4.34 significant strikes per minute (absorbs 2.63) and 2.33 takedowns per 15 minutes with 47 per cent accuracy. UFC odds have Nunes at -130 to win Saturday by KO, TKO or disqualification, +310 by decision and +565 by submission.
She is looking to join Daniel Cormier and recently retired Henry Cejudo as the only UFC fighters ever to defend titles in two divisions. There aren’t many women’s featherweight fighters out there so Nunes hasn’t fought at that weight (145 pounds) but just a few times.
Nunes vs. Spencer UFC 250 Odds
Spencer, 29, was born in Montreal but moved to Florida years ago to attend the University of Central Florida in Orlando and still resides in that area. She is a black belt in Taekwondo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Spencer’s pro debut in September 2015 was in Invicta FC, and she won that organization’s featherweight title with a fourth-round submission (rear-naked choke) of Pam Sorenson in November 2018.
Spencer then signed with the UFC and has gone 2-1. That loss was to Cyborg last July by unanimous decision in Edmonton. The fight was very competitive and Spencer was able to bloody Cyborg.
“FeeNom” has won half her bouts by submission, two by KO/TKO and two by decision. Spencer averages 4.54 significant strikes per minute (absorbs 6.27) and 1.36 takedowns per 15 minutes with just 16 per cent accuracy. Spencer winning Saturday by submission is +1000, by decision is +1400 and by KO, TKO or disqualification at +1700. This is her first pay-per-view main event.
UFC 250 Predictions: Nunes vs. Spencer
Nunes is two inches taller than Spencer and has an inch of reach advantage. She also might be the best female mixed martial artist we’ve ever seen. Expect her to get it done KO/TKO.