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UFC 250: Amanda Nunes vs Felicia Spencer | Fight Preview

UFC returns to UFC Apex to host UFC 250 , which brings a top quality card for MMA fans. In the main event of the night, Brazilian Amanda Nunes returns to place the featherweight belt against challenger Felicia Spencer , who will have the opportunity to win the division's throne. 

In the event's co-main event, former rooster champion Cody Garbrandt is trying to resurface in the division against Brazilian Raphael Assunção , who can reach a new race for the top of the category in the event of victory.

The main card is achieved with the duel between Aljamain Sterling and Cory Sandhagen for the cock division, Neil Magny and Anthony Martin for the welterweight division and, finally, veteran Eddie Wineland faces Sean O'Malley for the cock division.

UFC 250 will take place this Sunday and the main card is scheduled to start close to 2 am uk. 


Amanda Nunes (19-4 in MMA; 12-2 in the UFC) is undoubtedly the greatest fighter in female MMA history. The “Lioness” victim list includes Miesha Tate, Ronda Rousey, Holly Holm, Cris Cyborg, Germaine de Randamie (2x) and Valentina Shevchenko (2x). As if the victories were not enough, all his performances were impressive and dominant, except in the clashes against the champion of the flies.

A black belt in jiu-jitsu and judo, Amanda's main weapon is a rare knockout power among girls. The Bahian woman - the only female champion in two categories in UFC history - developed a very complete game on the American Top Team, becoming a constant danger in all areas of the game. Evidence of this is the high kick knockout over the kickboxer Holly Holm and the rear naked choke against the grappler Miesha Tate. On her feet, Amanda moves to corner her opponent, combining straight, crossed strikes and good kicks - all with a lot of power behind them. Falls are also a valuable weapon, followed by a killer ground and pound and finishes when opportunities present themselves.

Amanda's weaknesses are well known. The main ones are cardiorespiratory conditioning and gaps in striking - both side effects of the powerful and aggressive style of the Lioness. Wrestling, which was once problematic, has improved a lot, but is still not among the best. Amanda has already cleared the two categories over which she reigns. Today, there are few challenges for the Brazilian, such her dominance among women.

The story of Felicia Spencer (8-1 in MMA; 2-1 in the UFC) in the largest MMA organization in the world can be defined in one word: “ underdog” . The Canadian, a former Invicta champion, debuted as an opponent of Megan Anderson, then the only contender for Cris Cyborg's featherweight title. Felicia finished the Australian without difficulties, being raised to a fight against the former champion, in which she was a huge underdog. Surprisingly, he delivered Cyborg's toughest fight in the UFC so far, earning even more respect with his defeat. In the last fight, he finally saw himself as a favorite in the bookmakers, butchering Zarah Fairn dos Santos in the first round and qualifying for the title dispute against Amanda.

Felicia is a black belt in jiu-jitsu and tae kwon do , but she has few points in Korean martial art: she is primarily a grappler . Large and resistant for the category, Spencer has a good movement, which he uses to shorten the distance and seek a close fight. While unable to, she fires punches and unpretentious kicks, using much of the resistance to effect the approach. Once in the short distance, the Canadian works the clinch and, on the ground, uses the good ground and pound while advancing positions towards a submission - preferably from the back: her modus operandi is the rear naked choke.

Despite graduating in tae kwon do , Felicia struggles to develop the standing fight, besides not being the best wrestler . So it can absorb a lot of damage as a penalty to take the fight to the ground, which must be a big problem against a powerful striker like "Lioness".
Spencer is a legitimate featherweight title challenger, given that she is one of three fighters in the category. However, in addition to being a worse fighter, less experienced and less athletic than Amanda, the game doesn't suit her. The Brazilian must have enough strength and defense of takedowns to keep the fight where she prefers, working strong combinations of punches and kicks to undermine her opponent. Amanda also has the quality to take down and finish the fight from above, on the ground. So, except for a giant zebra, the “Lioness” must have a dominant victory, despite some good moments from the Canadian. The forecast is more of a defense of Nunes' belt, probably by unanimous decision.