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UFC 250: Nunes vs. Spencer in the Main Event

UFC 250, coming Saturday night from Las Vegas, will pit women's bantamweight and featherweight champ Amanda Nunes against featherweight contender Felicia Spencer.

See you ringside for UFC 250, the long-awaited faceoff between women’s bantamweight and featherweight champ Amanda Nunes and featherweight contender Felicia Spencer.

The battle, originally slated for May 9 in Sao Paolo, was cancelled because of the coronavirus outbreak. It’s now slated for 10 p.m. ET from the UFC Apex arena in Las Vegas (prelims begin at 6 p.m.). This is the second UFC card to be broadcast since the Covid-19 lockdown began, one million years ago.

Brazilian-born Nunes, 32, is one of the winningest women in MMA. She’s won her last 10 fights—the longest streak by a woman in UFC history—and is only the second UFC double champion to defend two UFC belts. She comes to this bout with a 19-4 record.

Pretty impressive, but her opponent is no palooka. Canadian-born Spencer, 29, brings an 8-1 record to the headliner. The former Invicta FC champ memorably landed a first-round TKO in her bout with Zarah Fairn in February.

Nunes is listed at -600 over Spencer. That makes her the biggest favorite on the card per William Hill, with Spencer priced at +450.

But there’s no sure thing in fighting. As the sportsbook points out, the underdog has come out on top in every one of the last five UFC main events: Charles Oliveira, Justin Gaethje, Glover Teixeira, Alistair Overeem and Gilbert Burns.

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Garbrandt vs. Assuncao

In the co-main event, Cody Garbrandt (-150) will meet Raphael Assuncao (+125) in a bantamweight fight for the spot once held by Henry Cejudo. Cejudo announced his retirement in May after routing Dominick Cruz at UFC 249.

So, who’s to like in this bout? Both Garbrandt and Assuncao are coming off losing streaks, and Garbrandt hasn’t competed in more than a year.

And Assuncao, who was 11-1 from 2011 to 2018, took a slide after that, and recently lost to both Marlon Moraes and Cory Sandhagen. If he loses this one, it’s likely the end of his shot at a title. We call it Garbrandt at -150 over Assuncao, +125.

The other fan favorite on the card is Sean O’Malley, who will take on Eddie Wineland. O’Malley has a pristine 11-0 record, and is -475 chalk on William Hill. Wineland (24-13-1), meanwhile, stands at +380.

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UFC 250 Fight Card

Early Preliminary Card

  • Alex Perez vs. Jussier Formiga – Flyweight
  • Alonzo Menifield vs Devin Clark – Light Heavyweight

Preliminary Card

  • Alex Caceres vs. Chase Hooper – Featherweight
  • Ian Heinisch vs. Gerald Meerschaert – Middleweight
  • Cody Stamann vs. Brian Kelleher – Bantamweight
  • Charles Byrd vs. Maki Pitolo – Middleweight

Main Card

  • Amanda Nunes vs. Felicia Spencer – Featherweight
  • Raphael Assunção vs. Cody Garbrandt – Bantamweight
  • Aljamain Sterling vs. Cory Sandhagen – Bantamweight
  • Neil Magny vs. Anthony Rocco Martin – Welterweight
  • Eddie Wineland vs. Sean O’Malley – Bantamweight
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