Amanda Nunes (20-4-0) made history at UFC 250 Saturday night.
“The Lioness,” became the first UFC fighter to successfully defend both of her titles simultaneously by defeating Canadian Felicia Spencer (8-2-0) by unanimous decision in the main event.
Both fighters were patient in the first two rounds, trying to find their openings. But it was Nunes who landed most of space offence in those rounds, with Spencer regulated to the outside. Nunes slowly started ramping up the pressure in the third and almost finished Spencer in the fourth round, bloodying her landing a rear-naked choke near the horn.
Thank you @amanda_leoa for the experience- it was an honor to share the octagon with you. Congratulations again on making history.
I know I let many of you down – mostly myself. BUT as always i do leave with… https://t.co/sLX3KOIjco
— Felicia The FeeNom Spencer (@FeeNom479) June 7, 2020
The fifth round was more of the same, with Spencer trying to get the fight to the ground and Nunes reversing or shutting down any attempts. Spencer continued to bleed and with 54 seconds left, referee Herb Dean stopped the fight to have Spencer checked.
Spencer did go the distance, but it also seemed that the champion wanted to go the distance, methodically stalking her and carefully picking her overhand rights and uppercuts. She caught Spencer coming in several times and even took her down several times, displaying an all-around dominance.
The judges scored it 50-44, 50-44, 50-45.
Cody Garbrandt, Aljamain Sterling, Alex Perez, and Sean O’Malley all earned performances of the night and a USD $50,000 bonus apiece.
Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the card.