Amanda Nunes Defeats Felicia Spencer to Defend Her UFC Women’s Featherweight Title

Make that 11 in a row for Amanda Nunes

The 32-year-old Brazilian mixed martial artist dominated Felicia Spencer for a unanimous decision victory on Saturday night in the main event of UFC 250 in Las Vegas. 

Amanda Nunes

The judges scored the bout 50-44, 50-44 and 50-45 for Nunes, who was making the first defense of her UFC women’s featherweight title.

In every aspect of MMA, Nunes had complete control in what was a flawless performance. By the end, Spencer was pouring blood from her face and was wearing significant swelling on her forehead from numerous Nunes punches and elbows. Yet she was able to hang in for all five rounds.

“I’m not surprised. I know she’s very tough. I know what she’s capable of,” Nunes said of Spencer. “I knew if I have to go five rounds, I have to dominate. I have to be as sharp as a cactus.”

The card took place in front of no fans at the UFC Apex, across the street from UFC’s corporate campus.

With the victory, Nunes becomes the first fighter in UFC history to have defended two titles in two weight classes while still holding them both. Nunes is one of seven UFC fighters in history to be a double champ.

ESPN has Nunes ranked as the top pound-for-pound women’s MMA fighter in the world. She is also considered the best female MMA fighter of all time. Nunes has beaten every fighter who has ever held either the UFC women’s bantamweight title or UFC women’s featherweight title. 

Spencer came in as UFC’s top contender at women’s featherweight.

“I’m defending both belts. I’m the greatest,” Nunes said. “I’m so happy now. I don’t know what’s next. But I proved it already.”

Nunes landed 124 significant strikes, which ties the career high she set against Raquel Pennington at UFC 224 in 2018, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

She has the most wins in UFC history among women (13) and the most wins in UFC title fights among women (eight). She has beaten the likes of former and current champions Ronda RouseyHolly HolmCris CyborgMiesha Tate and Valentina Shevchenko.

Nunes (20-4) has won 11 straight fights, which is tied for the second-best active UFC winning streak with welterweight champion Kamaru Usman. She has defended the bantamweight title five times and the featherweight belt once. Nunes has not lost since 2014.

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