UFC 240: Cris Cyborg vs Felicia Spencer Women’s Featherweight Fight Preview
Cris Cyborg will look to return to the win column against Felicia Spencer in their women’s featherweight co-headliner taking place at UFC 240 on July 27 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Will Cyborg get another knockout win or will Spencer pile on the misery by making it two straight losses for the former 145-pound champion? Go ahead and get a preview of the UFC 240: Cyborg vs. Spencer fight by Nitrogen Sports Blog.
UFC 240: Cyborg vs. Spencer Breakdown
Where: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
When: July 27, 2019
Line: Cris Cyborg (-625) vs. Felicia Spencer (+495)
Cyborg suffered her first defeat since her pro debut in 2005 when she was knocked out by Amanda Nunes at UFC 232 last December. In the process, she lost her featherweight title as well. After campaigning for an instant rematch, Cyborg will now have to make do with facing Spencer.
A defeat to Nunes is not the end of the world was not the end of the world for Cyborg. However, Cyborg never got to test her striking and power against Nunes as the latter showed no fear in advancing forward and taking the initiative.
Regardless, Cyborg has learned from her mistakes and as a heavy favorite, will look to retake the initiative in this fight and emulate her old form that saw her win her first five UFC fights, with four of those coming via knockouts.
That said, unlike her previous opponents prior to the Nunes fight, Spencer is a natural featherweight and won’t be an easy fighter to bully. “FeeNom” is undefeated and showed that despite standing at 5’6’’, she could outpower and take down a bigger opponent as she did in her UFC debut against the 6-foot-talll Megan Anderson.
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Anderson actually landed some solid strikes early on, but Spencer ate them before taking the Aussie down and dominating her on the ground, eventually winning via first-round rear-naked choke submission. With four of her seven wins coming via submission, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Spencer try and take Cyborg down as well.
However, while Cyborg is known for her power and boxing, she also has a 91 percent takedown defense and even if Spencer is able to take her down, it won’t be easy to submit her as the Brazilian is a black belt in BJJ.
And if the fight turns out into a stand-up slugfest, it could be a short night for the Canadian if she has to strike with Cyborg. Anything is possible, but this looks like a matchup Spencer is taking way too early in her MMA career.
It’s the hockey offseason, but Canada doesn’t have to wait for the new NHL season to see fights. With the upcoming UFC 240 featuring Cyborg vs. Spencer in the main card, fight fans north of the border will witness two of the best women in the MMA duke it out in what should be an electrifying bout.
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