Amanda Nunes will defend her featherweight championship for the first time in Brazil. ESPN’s Brett Okamoto reports on Twitter that Amanda Nunes will defend the featherweight championship against Felicia Spencer at UFC 250 on May 9 per UFC President Dana White. Nunes will also make history by having defended the bantamweight championship and now the featherweight championship.
Breaking: Amanda Nunes will defend her featherweight belt against Felicia Spencer at UFC 250 on May 9 in Brazil, per Dana White. First defense of the 145 pound belt. And Spencer, whew. She will have fought Cyborg Justino and Amanda Nunes within a span of 10 months. pic.twitter.com/3Tz4MfPjch
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) March 5, 2020
Nunes will look to further cement her status as one of the best fighters in MMA and an all-time great. Her last win was a bantamweight title defense against Germaine De Randamie by unanimous decision at UFC 245 on December 14, 2019. She is on a ten fight win streak that dates back to a TKO win against Shayna Baszler at UFC Fight Night 62 on March 21, 2015. Nunes won the featherweight championship by defeating former featherweight champion Christiane “Cris Cyborg” Justino by knockout at UFC 232 on December 29, 2018.
The UFC was looking for the number one contender for the featherweight championship at UFC Fight Night 169 on February 29. Megan Anderson defeated Norma Dumont Viana by knockout and Spencer defeated Zarah Fairn dos Santos by TKO. Spencer got the nod as the rightful number one contender due to her having a submission win over Anderson at UFC Fight Night 152 on May 18, 2019.
Spencer is a former featherweight Invicta FC champion. Spencer has an MMA record of 8-1 and her one loss was against Justino. In the fight, she held her own and surprised many with her performance. Now Spencer will look to defeat Nunes in her home country of Brazil and win her second featherweight championship in her MMA career.
It is not announced yet if this will be the main event or co-main event. Also on the card will be a bantamweight championship fight between bantamweight champion Henry Cejudo and former featherweight champion Jose Aldo. Cejudo will look to defend the bantamweight championship for the first time and Aldo will look to become a three-time champion in the UFC.