UFC 250: Canadian Felicia Spencer challenges Amanda Nunes for the title

UFC 250 will take place this Saturday at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas with no fans in attendance. The main event will feature a Canadian for the first time since Georges St. Pierre defeated Michael Bisping for the UFC middleweight belt back in November of 2017. Felicia Spencer, a Canadian mixed martial artist, is set to challenge Amanda Nunes for the UFC’s women’s featherweight belt in the main event.

Spencer is a big underdog heading into the fight, which should come as no surprise considering Amanda Nunes is the greatest female fighter of all-time and is riding a 10-fight winning streak over elite competition. According to the odds Spencer is about a 4-1 underdog to pull off the upset.  If you’re interested in betting on the fight check out this guide to UFC betting in Canada.

Felicia Spencer was born in Montreal and trained Brazilian jiu-jitsu and kickboxing at a young age, but her MMA career really took off when she moved to Orlando in 2009 to attend the University of Central Florida and joined Jungle MMA. Spencer began her professional career in 2015 and strung together 6 straight wins in Invicta FC, including winning the Invicta FC Featherweight Championship, before making the jump to the UFC. In the UFC she won two straight fights with convincing submission victories before losing a decision to Cris Cyborg, who is generally considered the second-best female fighter of all-time (second to Nunes). Spencer bounced back with an impressive round 1 TKO of Zarah Fairn to set up this fight for the title with Amanda Nunes.

Spencer does have her hands full with Amanda Nunes this Saturday. As mentioned above, Nunes has won 10 straight fights over the best female fighters in the world, including Cris Cyborg, Holly Holm, Valentina Shevchenko, Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate. She is the defending champion in both the women’s bantamweight and featherweight divisions. She has proven she can win fights on the feet (knockouts of Cyborg, Holm, Rousey), on the mat (submissions of Tate and McMann), or via hard fought five round decisions like her fight with Valentina Shevchenko. It is going to take a perfect fight for Spencer to get the win on Saturday, but she does have the ability to pull off an upset.

Other notable fights on the UFC 250 card this Saturday include Cody Garbrandt vs Raphael Assuncao and Aljamain Sterling vs Cory Sandhagen. Both fights are in the bantamweight division, with Garbrandt vs Assuncao as two big names looking to get back in the win column, and Sterling vs Sandhagen top prospects looking to earn a title shot with a win.  If you are interested in betting on the event check out SportsBettingCanadian.ca. They have added their picks for the fights and have a great guide section with helpful articles for beginning bettors.