Felicia Spencer might be just one fight into her UFC career, but she hasn’t shied away from taking on some big responsibilities.
Even before her stunning first-round submission of fellow former Invicta FC champion Megan Anderson at UFC on ESPN+ 10 on Saturday, Spencer said she already saw herself as the future of the women’s featherweight division. And, afterward, the UFC debutante stated her goal to become one of its faces.
As far as first steps go, Spencer certainly did take a big one. But, even if the division isn’t exactly stacked, she’s got some big shoes to fill. After all, not only is the division currently ruled by champ-champ Amanda Nunes, but it was previously run by the woman who for years was seen as the most terrifying featherweight in the world.
Meeting the division’s present champion might take a little while, considering Nunes has a 135-pound title defense scheduled. But how about facing the division’s incredibly dominant recent past?
July 27th Edmonton Canada. I have had one @ufc fight in 15 months. Challenge accepted. #CyborgNation
Indeed, the ex-champ hasn’t been able to stay as active as she’d want in the octagon. Her most recent fight was last December, at UFC 232, when Nunes snapped her 20-fight streak to add the 145-pound belt to her collection. Cyborg’s last fight before that had been in March.
The offer is somewhat generous, considering Cyborg (20-2 MMA, 5-1 UFC) would be giving Quebec’s own Spencer (7-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) the home country advantage if they were to meet at UFC 240. But it would still be somewhat of a quick turnaround for Spencer.
The good news, though, is that she might be able to make it. Speaking to reporters after her big win at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, N.Y., Spencer was asked whether she’d like a chance to be on that card. And while she admitted she would have to consult with her team, she didn’t rule it out.
“There’s definitely a lot going on for me, but if that’s what the UFC wants, then I would be able to make it happen,” Spencer said.
OK, so she didn’t sound all that enthusiastic. But maybe a crack at one of women’s MMA’s GOAT fighters could help sweeten the pot?
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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