Almost six months after defending her bantamweight belt for a fifth time, UFC featherweight champion Amanda Nunes will put her other title on the line against Felicia Spencer at UFC 250 (predictions).
The 32-year-old has won 10 fights in a row and will tie Cris Cyborg’s record of two successful featherweight title defences provided she gets the better of Spencer at the UFC Apex on Saturday.
Watched some Felicia Spencer fights earlier and, I don't want to go out on a limb here but…. I think Amanda Nunes might win.— Seán Sheehan (@SeanSheehanBA) May 31, 2020
The only blemish on Spencer’s 8-1 record was a defeat to Cyborg at UFC 240 last July, the latter’s last fight in the UFC before she became a free agent and later signed for Bellator.
Nunes is a runaway favorite to continue her imperious streak, and New Jersey residents can back the Brazilian at -685 (1.15) to beat Spencer with Golden Nugget Casino.
All signs point toward the heavy hitter emerging victorious, but “Feenom” looks almost too highly priced to not have a small wager at +420 (5.20) on the moneyline. It’s worth noting Spencer took Cyborg—whom Nunes knocked out in less than a minute—to a decision, a feat only Holly Holm has replicated over the past decade.
With that in mind, the +215 (3.15) odds for Saturday’s fight to go all five rounds look appealing, and Spencer has spoken confidently of her chances ahead of the biggest fight of her career:
“I'm confident that I'm a great mixed martial artist. I might not be the most impressive athlete. I might not be the most impressive striker, wrestler or even grappler. But I feel like in the cage I know how to put it together in a great way.
“I'm not blindly confident. I just know what I'm capable of.”
Round betting is where the value may lie for fans of Nunes, who is priced at +215 (3.15) to win in the first round—something she’s done eight times in 13 UFC fights—or +400 (5.00) to win in the second.
Both fighters hold Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belts and are very respected in the grappling department. Three of Spencer’s last four wins have come via submission, but she’s nonetheless at long odds of +1000 (11.00) to beat the champion by those means at UFC 250. The Canadian has proved herself capable of taking damage at the elite level, and Nunes could prove tempting at +600 (7.00) to seal the third submission victory of her UFC career (though her first since 2016).
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