On July 27, 2019, the UFC returned to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada for the second pay-per-view card of July, UFC 240. The event took place at Rogers Place and the co-main event featured Cris Cyborg taking on Felicia Spencer in a women’s featherweight matchup.
The former UFC women’s featherweight champion suffered her first loss in over 13 years took on women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes in the co-main event of UFC 232. Nunes was able to capture her second title in two different weight classes as she finished Cyborg in just under a minute during the heavy-duty slugfest. Cyborg captured the 145-pound UFC title when she defeated a gritty Tonya Evinger at UFC 214 in July 2017. The former champion — who also captured titles in Invicta and Strikeforce throughout her storied career — defended her title successfully against Holly Holm and Yana Kunitskaya before the end-of-the-year showdown with Nunes.
Spencer made her Octagon debut earlier this month when she defeated Megan Anderson via submission in the opening round at UFC Rochester. Prior to that, “Feenom” captured the Invicta FC featherweight title with a fourth round submission of Pam Sorenson in the main event of November 2018’s Invicta FC 32 event.
Here is how the women’s featherweight co-main event went down between Cris Cyborg and Felicia Spencer, including MyMMANews.com’s round-by-round scoring.
You can get the full results of UFC 240 right here.
They get underway with no glove touch, as expected. Cyborg lands a combination after a couple of short punches by Spencer. Takedown attempt by Spencer comes up short. Spencer lands a shot and Cyborg is busted open. Spencer has Cyborg against the fence and looks to get it to the ground. Cyborg lands a knee to the body in the clinch and Spencer hangs on, keeping Cyborg’s back against the fence. Cyborg separates and lands a hard combination. Right hand by Cyborg, but Spencer is swinging back hard. Nice leg kick by Cyborg, followed by another. Cyborg stalking Spencer own and lands a right hand. A pair of left jabs land by the former featherweight champion. Cyborg with a big body kick, followed by a right hand. Spencer lands a nice elbow. Approaching 90 seconds left in the round as Cyborg lands another nice combination. Jumping left hand lands by Spencer and Cyborg answers with a flurry. Spencer ties Cyborg up, eats a knee to the body, but pushes her back against the fence. Spencer looking for a leg trip. Another nice knee to the body by Cyborg. Find 10 seconds and Cyborg lands a knee to the body. They throw shots at each other as the round ends. Cyborg wins the round, but Spencer has to feel fantastic about herself.
MyMMANews.com scores it 10-9 Cyborg
Spencer flashes a smile while Cyborg looks a bit winded as the second round begins. Leg kick from Cyborg. Spencer catches a kick and pushes Cyborg against the fence. She wraps Cyborg’s leg with both of hers and almost lands a takedown. Spencer is relentless with the clinch against the fence as Cyborg is working very hard here. Cyborg lands a couple of short punches against the fence. They battle against the cage and Spencer maintains the better position. Spencer pulls guard and Cyborg lands big punches. Up kick by Spencer catches the former champion’s attention. Cyborg jumps in with some big punches. Cyborg lands a nice knee to the body as Spencer looks for an omoplata. Spencer is back to her feet. They circle around and Cyborg lands jab. Spencer answers with a combination. Jab lands by Spencer. Body kick caught by Cyborg and Spencer lands a left hand. Under a minute to go and Spencer lands a right hand. Body kick lands by Cyborg and a big right hand behind it. Spencer is as tough as they come. Cyborg lands a nice knee to the body. Superman punch by Cyborg lands and Spencer misses a spinning back kick as the round ends.
MyMMANews.com scores it 10-9 Cyborg
Final round begins and Cris Cyborg lands a leg kick. They tie up in the center, Cyborg wins the exchange. Leg kick lands by Cyborg. Another leg kick and a right hand by Cyborg. Spencer tries a leg kick, checked by Cyborg. Cyborg lands a nice knee and a right hand as Spencer shoots in. Back to the center they go and Cyborg continues her methodical pace, landing a jab. Spencer catches Cyborg with a high kick that looked to momentarily stun the former champion. Spencer clinches up, Cyborg lands a knee to the body. Cyborg separates from Spencer and Cyborg lands a huge right hand, followed by a combination. Spencer firing back, but Cyborg’s striking advantage continues to show. Left jab by Spencer, and another. Jab from Cyborg lands. Under 90 seconds remain and Cyborg lands a hard leg kick. Jab lands by Spencer. A jab, body kick, and a 1-2 combo land by Cyborg. Spencer lands a short elbow as we’re in the final minute. Leg kick from Cyborg lands again. Big right hand by Cyborg. Left hand a body kick right behind it. Final 10 seconds and Cyborg lands a big right hand and a huge leg kick. Cyborg with a flurry, capped off by a head kick as the round ends. Dominant round by Cyborg, but Spencer should be very proud of herself in only her eighth pro fight.
MyMMANews.com scores it 10-8 and the fight 30-26 for Cyborg
Official result: Cris Cyborg def. Felicia Spencer via unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
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