UFC 250 Preview

After being put on hold for a two-month period due to a certain global pandemic, the UFC are making up for lost time with their 5th behind closed doors event in four weeks.

Returning to the UFC APEX in Las Vegas on Saturday 6th June, UFC 250 will see the No. 1 ranked women’s pound-for-pound fighter, Amanda Nunes, defend her featherweight belt against top contender Felicia Spencer. In the co-main event, No. 5 ranked contender Raphael Assuncao takes on former champion and No. 9 ranked Cody Garbrandt in the bantamweight division.

In the main event, champion Amanda Nunes (19-4) looks to continue cementing her legacy by securing her first successful featherweight title defence since winning the title in emphatic style after beating Cris Cyborg in 51 seconds. As the first women in UFC history to simultaneously hold two belts, Nunes also has spectacular first-round finishes against Ronda Rousey, Holly Holm and Miesha Tate to her name as she now looks for another show-stealing performance to further etch her name in the history books.

As a former Invicta FC featherweight champion, Felicia Spencer (8-1) aims to send shockwaves throughout the world of MMA by dethroning Nunes. A talented grappler, the Canadian-born submission specialist has delivered finishes against Megan Anderson, Zarah Fairn and Pam Sorenson. Spencer now has the tough task of trying to capture her first UFC championship and in doing so, handing Nunes her first loss in over five years.

Having previously fought some of the top names in the bantamweight division, Raphael Assuncao (27-7) looks to add Cody Garbrandt to his list on Saturday night. A talented BJJ black belt, he has earned impressive wins against the likes of TJ Dillashaw, Marlon Moraes, Aljamain Sterling and Pedro Munhoz as he looks to add another former champion to re-assert himself as a title threat.

Former champion Cody Garbrandt (11-3) made a name for himself after blitzing his way through his fist 11 opponents including the dethroning of long-time champion Dominick Cruz. Over the course of his career, the explosive Garbrandt has bagged memorable KO wins over Thomas Almeida, Takeya Mizugaki and Augusto Mendes. Currently on a three-fight losing streak, a win against on Assuncao will be a step in the right for another crack at the title.

Elsewhere on the main card, a pivotal bantamweight bout with title implications sees No. 2 ranked contender Aljamain Sterling (18-3) take on No. 4 ranked Cory Sandhagen (12-1) while veteran Neil Magny (22-8) squares off with Anthony Rocco Martin (17-5) in the welterweight division.

Kicking off the main card, former WEC bantamweight champion Eddie Wineland (24-13-1) locks horns with the undefeated Sean O’Malley (11-0), who will be looking to score a 3rd consecutive bonus following a Performance of the Night against José Alberto Quiñónez and a Fight of the Night against Andre Soukhamthath.

In what should be an exciting featherweight clash, the featured fight on the prelims sees Alex Caceres (15-12 1NC) take on the undefeated Chase Hooper (9-0-1). Also on the prelims, Ian Heinisch (13-3) squares off with Gerald Meerschaert (30-12) in the middleweight division while Cody Stamann (18-2-1) takes on Brian Kelleher (21-10) in an intriguing featherweight bout. Kicking of the prelims, Charles Byrd (10-6) meets Maki Pitolo (11-5) in a clash of two middleweight finishers.

In the Early Prelims a battle of flyweight contenders sees the No. 4 ranked Jussier Formiga (23-7) take on Alex Perez (23-5) while Alonzo Menifield (10-0) looks to remain undefeated when he takes on Devin Clark (11-4) in the light heavyweight division.

UFC 250 takes places on Saturday 6th June from the UFC Apex in Las Vegas with the main card live on BT Sport and the prelims live on UFC Fight Pass.

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