On Saturday night, Feb. 29, 2020, the UFC returns to action for their very first leap year event in the company’s history with UFC on ESPN+ 27.
The event takes place at the Chartway Arena in Norfolk, Va. and will be headlined by a flyweight title fight between Joseph Benavidez and Deiveson Figueiredo, in which only Benavidez can capture UFC gold with a win due to Figueiredo missing weight.
In the co-main event, the women’s featherweight division is on display as Felicia Spencer looks to stake her claim for a title shot against Amanda Nunes when she takes on Zarah Fairn. Spencer made a big splash in her Octagon debut when she submitted Megan Anderson in the first round at UFC Rochester. “Feenom” got a huge opportunity to take on Cris Cyborg at July’s UFC 240 event and, while showing flashes of toughness and grit, was defeated via unanimous decision — the first loss of her pro career.
Fairn will look to bounce back into the win column and pick up her first UFC win on Saturday night. “Infinite” made her Octagon debut at October’s UFC 243 event and was submitted by Megan Anderson in the bout’s opening round. Heading into that fight, the native of France had won her last three fights.
Here is how the women’s featherweight co-main event between Felicia Spencer and Zarah Fairn went down at UFC Norfolk, including round-by-round scoring. For full event results, check them out right here.
Anderson got the job done in a highlight-reel fashion; can Spencer jump ahead? They get underway and Spencer just misses a left high kick. Fairn with a right hand. Spencer comes up short on a leg kick. Left hook from Fairn and a front kick to the body answer from Spencer. Left hand from Spencer and Fairn returns with a nice combination. Fairn catches a head kick and lands a hard right hand. Spencer now has Fairn against the fence and that’s not good. Fairn is able to stay on her feet showing nice defense, however, Spencer stays relentless and gets the takedown. Spencer right to full mount and Fairn is tryin to trap an arm. Spencer lands a big elbow. Short elbows landing hard and Fairn is in trouble. Spence with more elbows and switches to hammer fists. Spencer lands some more ground and pound, Big Dan has seen enough.
Official result: Felicia Spencer def. Zarah Fairn via TKO – Round 1, 3:37
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