Felicia Spencer


Shows heart in one-sided loss
July 27, 2019
Spencer lost to Cris Cyborg via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 27-30) at UFC 240 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on Saturday.
Spencer seemed to have a decent game plan on the feet, as she split Cyborg open with a counter elbow early in the fight but was unable to land any of her takedown attempts, leaving her on an island against a far superior striker. Spencer deserves credit for seeing the final bell, as she got hit with big shots throughout the fight but only looked to be in real danger once in the fourth round. That kind of toughness should serve her well going forward, giving her multiple opportunities to find takedowns and work her excellent ground game. She falls to 7-1 in professional MMA as a result of the loss.
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Biggest fight of career on tap
May 30, 2019
Spencer is in line to face former champion Cris Cyborg in a featherweight matchup in the co-main event of UFC 240 in Edmonton, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
After starting her pro career with six consecutive wins under the all-female Invicta FC banner, Spencer drew Megan Anderson in her UFC debut and disposed of the highly-regarded prospect in short order. Spencer took her down, took her back, locked in the choke and that was the end. It surely won't be as easy as A-B-C when Cyborg is staring her down across the cage, especially considering that she is a brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Physically, the two match up relatively equally, but Cyborg has massive advantages in both raw power and overall experience. She defends takedowns at a rate of 91 percent, so even getting this one to the mat will be unlike any challenge Spencer has ever faced. While she's coming off a loss, look for Cyborg to enter as a heavy betting favorite. Spencer's future may be bright at 28 years old, but in a shallow 145-pound division, the UFC had no choice but to throw her to the dogs early.
Submits Megan Anderson in debut
May 18, 2019
Making her UFC debut on Saturday, Spencer defeated Megan Anderson via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:24 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night in Rochester, New York.
Easy work. Knowing full well Anderson has a suspect ground game and can't compete in anything other than a kickboxing match at distance, the much smaller Spencer immediately set out to dominate her overmatched opponent on the mat, and did so in she order. Spencer easily controlled the proceedings on the ground while working for the rear-naked choke that ended the fight. Anderson gave Spencer the opening to win this bout, but the newcomer deserves full marks for busting through the door and seizing the opportunity. Spencer remains undefeated as a professional.
Set for UFC debut
March 26, 2019
Spencer will fight Megan Anderson in a featherweight bout at UFC Rochester on May 19, MMAFighting.com reports.
Spencer, who is the current Invicta FC champion at 145 pounds and undefeated in six fights as a professional, will look to carry her success to the octagon as she makes her UFC debut. The 28-year-old will face an opponent in Anderson who is coming off a first-round TKO victory over Cat Zingano at UFC 232 in December.