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It’s not too often that a women’s fight headlines a major UFC card, but that will be the case Saturday night from the organization’s Apex facility in Las Vegas with a featherweight bout between two-division champion Amanda Nunes and Felicia Spencer in the main event of UFC 250. Once again, no fans will be in attendance or this would have been held at T-Mobile Arena in Sin City.
Jon Jones is considered the baddest male mixed martial arts fighter on the planet and is the UFC’s pound-for-pound king. Nunes (19-4) is the female version of both. She has become the new Ronda Rousey of the sport in terms of the most dominant and most popular fighter on the women’s side.
The 32-year-old “Lioness” is from Brazil and hasn’t lost since way back in September 2014 at UFC 178 to Cat Zingano. Nunes won the 135-pound bantamweight title in 2016 with a first-round submission of Miesha Tate, and added the featherweight belt in 2018 with a stunning first-round knockout of another female all-time great, Cris Cyborg – Nunes was a +140 underdog. She became the first woman to become a two-division UFC champion.
Nunes has fought her past two at bantamweight, beating Holly Holm (who knocked Rousey into retirement years ago) and Germaine de Randamie. That de Randamie went the distance with Nunes was considered an upset. Nunes was a -500 favorite for that bout and is -650 for Saturday. Thirteen of Nunes’ 16 victories are by knockout or TKO. Her seven wins in UFC title fights are a record for a female.
The 29-year-old Spencer (8-1) was born in Canada but now lives and trains out of Orlando. She is a former Invicta FC featherweight champion and made her UFC debut in May 2019 with a first-round submission victory over Megan Anderson. Next up in July that year was a matchup against Cyborg. “FeeNom” was a +300 underdog for that bout and lost by unanimous decision with all three judges scoring it 30-27.
Spencer returned to the Octagon in February as a -1000 favorite against an overmatched Zarah Fairn dos Santos and beat her by first-round TKO. That earned Spencer a shot at Nunes. These two originally were to fight on May 9 but Nunes withdrew due to concerns about training during the coronavirus pandemic. Spencer is +425 for Saturday.