Felicia Spencer Still Believes She Can Become a UFC Champ, And She Should
Felicia Spencer was handed her first defeat at UFC 240 last weekend, but the rising star, understandably, still believes she can win the UFC's 145 crown.
Felicia Spencer was unable to shock the MMA world at UFC 240, by defeating one of the all-time greats in Cris “Cyborg”. But, following her defeat to the former champ, Spencer sounds extremely confident that a title win is in her future. Is that understandable? Yes. Yes it is.
Spencer was booked for a bout with the Brazilian star, following her impressive, submission win over Megan Anderson this past March. Early into the fight, Spencer likely dropped jaws throughout the MMA world, by cutting “Cyborg” with a nicely timed elbow.
The Canadian kept coming throughout the bout, despite the fact “Cyborg” bested her by a 122 to 38 margin in significant strikes. After the fight, there was little doubt that “Cyborg” would be awarded the decision win, and she was.
Since the bout, Spencer spoke with MMA Fighting, and she had this to say about her performance and her future:
“I am happy that I wasn’t finished,” Spencer said. “I just kept coming and I felt pretty good about the first round, it was a good feeling honestly going into the second round, I really thought I could push forward with it. And just knowing that feeling I had going into the second round, I really felt like I really, really could win and could find a way to make it happen.
“Just knowing how I felt in that moment gives me a lot of hope and inspiration for the future. I really know I can do it, I can become the champion.”
There you are, and as noted above, Spencer should be holding her head high after UFC 240. After all, in “Cyborg”, we’re talking about someone who until Amanda Nunes took her out last December, was often cited as the greatest female fighter of all time. A fighter who since 2008, has only gone the distance with Holly Holm and now Spencer. That’s saying something about Spencer’s abilities.
Now, does this mean that Spencer is a lock to become champ? Or that based off what we saw at UFC 240, she can definitely defeat the champ-champ Amanda Nunes? No. But, the fact she hasn’t lost faith in her abilities to win a UFC title is completely understandable. On Saturday, Spencer was fighting in just her 8th pro bout…just think how good she could be by the time she’s 30?
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Now it will be interesting to see what comes next for her, and how she performs. The UFC roster is extremely thin when it comes to female featherweight fighters. So, hopefully Spencer’s performance prompts the promotion to invest some more money in the division and to start building it out.