UFC 250 between takes place this Saturday, at the UFC Apex facility in Las Vegas, Nevada. The highlight of this event will be the title fight between the reigning featherweight champion, Amanda Nunes, and the challenger Felicia Spencer. The two were supposed to meet earlier, but the COVID-19 pandemics have stopped all the events around the world, among them this one also.
Nunes is coming into this one with 10 straight wins and is the undisputed ruler of this division. There hasn’t been a fighter able to dethrone her, and so far, we can say that the only one who was capable of neutralizing the Lioness was Valentina Shevchenko in their second fight. According to many, the split decision in favor of the Brazilian was pretty unfair.
She had two fights last year, the first in July against Holly Holm, whom she demolished in the first round, via TKO, and after that on December 14th, Nunes fought Germaine de Randamie at the UFC 245.
She would post a victory via unanimous decision in a match in which the fans didn’t see some interesting action. A few saw that as a sign of slowing down of the 32-year old, but we can’t be too sure in that. One thing which is really important to say is that Nunes had the time to go through the full training camp, which was her specific desire before this bout. She even refused to meet Spencer in early May because of this.
Spencer is projected to be Nunes’s replacement one day. Many MMA experts and analysts believe she could be the one who is able to take down the champion. The Canadian possesses a wide range of weapons and could be problematic for Nunez.
So far, she posted eight wins and one loss in her career, and that sole defeat came against Chris Cyborg last July. Spencer lost via unanimous decision, but was more than competitive throughout the bout. We need to say that she recovered pretty fast afterward, and posted another win, knocking out Zarah Fairn Dos Santos, at the UFC Fight Night: Benavidez vs. Figueiredo.
For all those who didn’t know, Spencer is the former Invicta featherweight champion, and she won that against Pam Sorenson in late 2018. So she has some experience in winning belts, although these two competitions can’t compete when it comes to quality, with all due respect to Invicta.
There are two scenarios here, in our opinion: a pretty early finish, or a fight to the distance. The octagon in the Apex facility is a bit smaller than the usual, and Nunes could use that to make a burst early on and hurt Spencer, who won’t have a space to get away or run. Also, we aren’t saying that the challenger won’t apply the same tactics, but it is more likely for the champ to do the same. So, if Nunez rushes towards Spencer, that will no doubt be the biggest test in Canadian’s career so far.
We believe that right now, Nunes is better and that her win in this one is pretty much realistic. The odds at BetXChange on her win are set at 0.17, and even though this might seem like a low profit, the risks are low as well.