A fighter who already has a strong case for the title of best women’s mixed martial artist of all-time has a chance to add to her considerable legacy Saturday night.
Amanda Nunes (19-4) of South Florida by way of Brazil holds the UFC women’s featherweight and bantamweight titles. When she defends her featherweight championship against Montreal’s Felicia Spencer (9-1) in the main event of UFC 250, she will attempt to become the first simultaneous, multi-weight class titleholder to successfully defend both belts.
Conor McGregor held both the men’s featherweight and lightweight titles, but never defended either. Daniel Cormier had the heavyweight and light heavyweight belts, but relinquished the latter. The recently retired Henry Cejudo did the same with his flyweight belt after winning the bantamweight championship.
Nunes has been bantamweight champion since July 2016, making her the longest-reigning current titleholder on the UFC roster. She scored what was considered a stunning upset when she knocked out the other fighter with a realistic claim to women’s GOAT, Cris Cyborg, in under a minute to win the belt in Dec. 2018.
Since then, she’s twice defended her bantamweight title defeating Holly Holm and Germaine de Randamie, and has run her overall win streak to 10, dating back to 2015. Spencer provides an interesting first featherweight challenger. Spencer’s got undeniable potential and plenty of heart. She’s also been a bit rushed into a title shot, as the 145-pound weight class does not run deep. Nonetheless, she’s 2-1 in UFC action coming into the title fight.
UFC 250 also seems an audition for the vacant men’s bantamweight belt, with a pair of high-profile fights. Former titleholder Cody Garbrandt (11-3) of Ohio meets longtime contender Raphael Assuncao (27-7) of Atlanta, while Colorado’s Cory Sandhagen (12-1) of Aurora, Colo., takes on Long Island, N.Y.’s Aljamain Sterling (18-3).
The event will be held at the UFC APEX, a production studio on the campus of UFC headquarters in Las Vegas. Due to COVID-19, it will be conducted with strict safety measures such as regular testing for the virus and a limited number of people allowed into the facility.
After Ian Heinisch withdrew from Saturday’s event two days prior, UFC announced Anthony Ivy will make his debut at UFC 250, taking on Gerald Meerschaert.
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