The women’s featherweight title is being put on the line at UFC 250 on June 6 at a location to be determined. This fight was originally scheduled for what would have been UFC 250 on May 9, which ended up being UFC 249.
The champion, Amanda “Lioness” Nunes, looks to become the first fighter to defend a belt in two different weight classes simultaneously as she holds the bantamweight strap as well. Meanwhile, the challenger, Felicia “FeeNom” Spencer, gets her first crack at UFC gold in just her fourth bout in the organization.
Online sportsbook Bovada has listed Nunes as the -600 favorite with Spencer coming back as a +400 underdog.
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Odds as of June 5 at Bovada
Oddsmakers have shown little love toward Nunes throughout her UFC career. She has closed as an underdog in seven of 13 fights in the Octagon, but holds a 12-1 record over that span and has won two belts – bantamweight and featherweight. All that said, she has been a sizable favorite in three of her last four fights, the exception being when she opposed Cris Cyborg as an underdog in a scrap she won in just 51 seconds to grab the featherweight belt.
Spencer had her perfect 8-0 record snapped last July when she suffered a unanimous-decision loss to Cyborg. However, she rebounded with a vicious first-round TKO win over Zarah Fairn in late February that gave her the golden ticket to challenge Nunes. The Canadian has been an underdog in two of her first three fights in the Octagon so having a plus sign next to her odds going against the champion shouldn’t come as any surprise.
How Will This Fight Play Out?
Spencer has been constantly showing improvements in her striking skills but was clearly outclassed by the former champion Cyborg when they tangled last July. Feenom’s best attack is getting the fight to the floor and working toward a submission, the method of victory she has used to score half of her eight wins. In her last appearance, she was somewhat even on the feet with Fairn, but she had a relentless fight-ending ground and pound when the fight got to the canvas.
As for the champion, she lays her 10-fight winning streak on the line, having not tasted defeat since UFC 178 in 2014. Over that span, she has seven finishes, five by knockout and two by submission to highlight her diverse skill set. Lioness is aggressive with her punches and powerful kicks, but she also has a high-level fight IQ. She understands the risks her opponents pose and works hard to not fall into their traps.
Overall, I anticipate the champ will have her way with the challenger in striking exchanges and on the feet as a whole. On the floor, Nunes has really good skills, but it will be interesting if she has to fight off her back, having only been taken down twice over her 10-fight winning streak (she was able to get back to her feet quickly both times). This fight may be more competitive than some might think, but I have a hard time seeing Nunes dethroned in this one.
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