UFC Announces Amanda Nunes as UFC 250 Co-Main Event
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The UFC 250 card live from Brazil now has an official co-main event.
Just weeks after announcing that Henry Cejudo will defend his bantamweight title against Jose Aldo, the UFC brass made it known that bantamweight and featherweight women’s champion Amanda Nunes will make her first featherweight title defense against Felicia Spencer.
Nunes, 31, already the women’s bantamweight champion at the time, won the featherweight title from MMA legend Cris Cyborg back at UFC 232 in December 2018. She emphatically knocked out Cyborg just 51 seconds into their first round. She, for obvious reasons, was awarded the performance of the night bonus to go along with her second championship in the promotion.
Amanda Nunes defeats Germaine de Randamie by unanimous decision.
That marks Nunes’ 5th successful bantamweight title defense, and her 12th UFC career win, which is the most for a female fighter. pic.twitter.com/FbG9rhtCrg
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 15, 2019
Since winning the title from Cyborg, Nunes has fought twice, but both fights were title defenses for the bantamweight belt. She defeated Holly Holm by first-round TKO last summer and won a unanimous decision over Germain de Randamie last December. This fight against Felician Spencer will mark Amanda Nunes’ first featherweight title defense.
Spencer, 29, is still a relative newcomer to the UFC promotion, but she has more than proven herself across the MMA circuit.
Cutting her teeth in the Invicta FC, Spencer won a post-fight bonus in all six of her appearances for the promotion, going 6-0 during her time. She was brought into the UFC in 2019 and made her debut in May against Megan Anderson. Spencer defeated Anderson via rear-naked choke in the first round.
She was then pitted up against a vengeful, post-championship Cris Cyborg at UFC 240 last summer but lost via unanimous decision.
Spencer recently bounced back into the win column last month when she took on Zarah Fairn Dos Santos. Spencer earned a first-round TKO victory over Dos Santos and greatly expressed her desire to fight for the featherweight title.
Luck was on Spencer’s side as the UFC women’s featherweight division is short on contenders. On the same night Spencer defeated Dos Santos, Megan Anderson had a first-round knock out of her own. The fact that Spencer had already defeated Anderson in the past ultimately sealed the deal.
Felicia Spencer is 2-1 in the UFC and 8-1 overall. Nunes is 13-1 in the UFC and 19-4 overall. The two-weight champion is also currently riding a ten-fight winning streak in the promotion.
It comes as no surprise that Amanda Nunes is heavily favored in this bout and that shall remain the case as we get closer to the event.
Stay tuned to WSN for a full breakdown of UFC 250 including all updated odds.
UFC 250 FAQ
When is UFC 250 Cejudo vs Aldo?
The UFC 250 fight is on Saturday, 9 May 2020.
Where is the UFC 250 Cejudo vs Aldo fight?
UFC 250 will take place at Ginásio do Ibirapuera in São Paulo, Brazil.
What are the fights on the UFC 250 Main Card?
Henry Cejudo vs. Jose Aldo – Bantamweight Championship
Amanda Nunes vs. Felicia Spencer – Women’s Featherweight Championship
Ketlen Vieira vs. Marion Reneau – Women’s Bantamweight Division
Augusto Sakai vs. Blagoy Ivanov – Heavyweight Division
Fabricio Werdum vs. Aleksey Oleynik – Heavyweight Division
Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira – Light Heavyweight Division