Felicia Dawn Spencer (born November 20, 1990) is a retired Canadian mixed martial artist. She is the former Invicta FC Featherweight champion and formally competed in the Featherweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
|Born||Felicia Dawn Spencer|
November 20, 1990
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
|Height||5 ft 6 in (168 cm)|
|Weight||145 lb (66 kg; 10 st 5 lb)|
|Division||Featherweight (145 lb) |
Lightweight (155 lb)
|Reach||68 in (173 cm)|
|Style||BJJ, Kickboxing, Taekwondo|
|Fighting out of||Orlando, Florida, United States|
|Trainer||Mike Lee - Head Coach|
|Rank||Black belt in Taekwondo |
Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Occupation||Mixed Martial Artist, |
High School math teacher at Florida Virtual School
|University||University of Central Florida|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Spencer was born in Montreal, Quebec, and she moved to Englewood, Florida with her family as a child, where she later graduated from Lemon Bay High School. Joining her older brothers, Spencer started training in Taekwondo at the age of four. At twelve years old, she started training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and added kickboxing to her training five years later. She transitioned to train in MMA when she joined Jungle MMA in 2009, when she moved to Orlando to attend the University of Central Florida.
Mixed martial arts careerEdit
Spencer started her amateur career in 2012. After winning the first "Tuff-N-Uff Future Stars of MMA" tournament where she submitted Leanne Foster and knocked out Jessica Eve Richer at the second "Tuff-N-Uff Xtreme", amassing a record of 5–1, Invicta FC signed her in 2015.
Invicta Fighting ChampionshipsEdit
Her next fight came over eighteen months later on March 25, 2017 at Invicta FC 22: Evinger vs. Kunitskaya 2. She faced Madison McElhaney in a Featherweight bout and she won the fight via unanimous decision with the scoreboard of (30–27, 30–27, and 29–28).
On July 15, 2017 Spencer faced Amy Coleman at Invicta FC 24: Dudieva vs. Borella. She won the fight via a rear-naked choke in round one. The submission earned her the Performance of the Night bonus.
Spencer faced Akeel Al-Hameed on January 13, 2018 at Invicta FC 27: Kaufman vs. Kianzad. She won the fight via unanimous decision (30–27, 30–27, and 30–27). The bout earned both fighters the Fight of the Night bonus.
Spencer faced Helena Kolesnyk on July 21, 2018 at Invicta FC 30: Frey vs. Grusander. She won the fight via a rear-naked choke. The submission earned her the Performance of the Night bonus.
Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit
Spencer was expected to face current champion Amanda Nunes on May 9, 2020 at UFC 250. However, on April 9, Dana White, the president of UFC announced that this event was postponed and the bout eventually took place on June 6, 2020 at UFC 250. She lost the bout via unanimous decision.
Spencer was scheduled to face Danyelle Wolf on May 22, 2021 at UFC Fight Night 188. However, Wolf pulled out of the fight in early May due to an undisclosed injury and was replaced by Norma Dumont. Spencer lost the bout via split decision.
On December 2, 2021, Spencer announced her retirement from professional MMA competition.
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- Most bouts in the UFC Women's Featherweight division history (six)
- Tied (with Megan Anderson) for the most finishes in the UFC Women's Featherweight division history (three)
- Tied (with Cris Cyborg and Megan Anderson) for the most knockout wins in the UFC Women's Featherweight division history (two)
- Tied for the most submission wins in the UFC Women's Featherweight division history (one)
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|12 matches||9 wins||3 losses|
|Win||9–3||Leah Letson||TKO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Holloway vs. Rodríguez||November 13, 2021||3||4:25||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||8–3||Norma Dumont||Decision (split)||UFC Fight Night: Font vs. Garbrandt||May 22, 2021||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||8–2||Amanda Nunes||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 250||June 6, 2020||5||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||For the UFC Women's Featherweight Championship.|
|Win||8–1||Zarah Fairn Dos Santos||TKO (punches and elbows)||UFC Fight Night: Benavidez vs. Figueiredo||February 29, 2020||1||3:37||Norfolk, Virginia, United States|
|Loss||7–1||Cris Cyborg||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 240||July 27, 2019||3||5:00||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada|
|Win||7–0||Megan Anderson||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC Fight Night: dos Anjos vs. Lee||May 18, 2019||1||3:24||Rochester, New York, United States|
|Win||6–0||Pam Sorenson||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Invicta FC 32: Spencer vs. Sorenson||November 16, 2018||4||4:23||Shawnee, Oklahoma, United States||Won the vacant Invicta FC Featherweight Championship.|
|Win||5–0||Helena Kolesnyk||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Invicta FC 30: Frey vs. Grusander||July 21, 2018||2||1:47||Kansas City, Missouri, United States||Performance of the Night.|
|Win||4–0||Akeela Al-Hameed||Decision (unanimous)||Invicta FC 27: Kaufman vs. Kianzad||January 13, 2018||3||5:00||Kansas City, Missouri, United States||Fight of the Night.|
|Win||3–0||Amy Coleman||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Invicta FC 24: Dudieva vs. Borella||July 15, 2017||1||3:17||Kansas City, Missouri, United States||Performance of the Night.|
|Win||2–0||Madison McElhaney||Decision (unanimous)||Invicta FC 22: Evinger vs. Kunitskaya II||March 25, 2017||3||5:00||Kansas City, Missouri, United States||Featherweight debut.|
|Win||1–0||Rachel Wiley||TKO (elbows and punches)||Invicta FC 14: Evinger vs. Kianzad||September 12, 2015||1||3:32||Kansas City, Missouri, United States||Lightweight debut.|
- Mixed martial arts show results Date: June 6, 2020
- "Stats | UFC". ufcstats.com. Retrieved 2021-09-11.
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- Shawn Bitter (March 17, 2019). "Welcome to the UFC: Felicia Spencer". Cageside Press.
- Ruiz, Stephen. "Winter Park woman awaits first pro MMA fight". OrlandoSentinel.com. Retrieved 2017-12-23.
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- "Englewood native Spencer gets second UFC fight". Charlotte Sun. Adams Publishing Group. 2019-07-13. Retrieved 2021-06-27.
- "Invicta FC 14's Felicia Spencer: Ready For Anything in Pro Debut". Combat Press. Retrieved 2017-12-23.
- "Felicia Spencer talks Invicta return, Nunes VS Rousey, 155lb division, training at Jungle MMA, career beginnings and lots more". WMMA Rankings. 2016-12-24. Retrieved 2017-12-23.
- "Felicia Spencer welcomes challenge of fighting in hostile territory". AXS. Retrieved 2017-12-23.
- Sherdog.com. "Felicia". Sherdog. Retrieved 2017-12-23.
- "PIC: Lightweight Rachel Wiley has an entirely different forehead after Saturday night Invicta defeat". SportsJOE.ie. Retrieved 2017-12-23.
- "Felicia Spencer VS Madison McElhaney set for Invicta FC 22". WMMA Rankings. 2017-03-02. Retrieved 2017-12-23.
- "Invicta Results: Felicia Spencer Takes Out Madison McElhaney". MMA Imports. Retrieved 2017-12-23.
- "Felicia Spencer 'Confident in Every Area' Against Amy Coleman at Invicta FC 24". MMAWeekly.com. Retrieved 2017-12-23.
- "Wrestle World - Invicta FC 24 official results". www.pro-wrestling.com. Retrieved 2017-12-23.
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- "Undefeated featherweight prospect Felicia Spencer to fight at Invicta FC 27". AXS. Retrieved 2017-12-23.
- "Invicta Fighting Championships 27 Results". Fightful MMA. Retrieved 2018-07-24.
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- "Invicta FC 30's Felicia Spencer says co-main slot is a dream come true". Bloody Elbow. Retrieved 2018-07-24.
- "Invicta FC 30 results: Jinh Yu Frey rallies to claim vacant atomweight title over stunned Minna Grusander". MMAjunkie. 2018-07-22. Retrieved 2018-07-24.
- Jay Pettry (July 22, 2018). "Fight Facts: Invicta FC 30". Sherdog.
- "Felicia Spencer vs. Pam Sorenson for vacant featherweight belt headlines Invicta FC 32". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2018-09-02.
- "Invicta FC 32 results: Felicia Spencer claims vacant title with gutsy win over Pam Sorenson". MMAjunkie. 2018-11-17. Retrieved 2018-11-17.
- "Ex-Invicta FC champs Megan Anderson, Felicia Spencer meet at UFC on ESPN+ 9". MMA Junkie. 2019-03-26. Retrieved 2019-03-26.
- Bitter, Shawn (2019-05-18). "UFC Rochester Results: Felicia Spencer Upsets Megan Anderson with Quick Submission". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2019-05-19.
- Adam Guillen Jr. (2019-05-29). "Cris Cyborg vs Felicia Spencer set as UFC 240 co-main event on July 27 in Edmonton". mmamania.com. Retrieved 2019-05-29.
- Evanoff, Josh (2019-07-28). "UFC 240 Results: Cris Cyborg defeats tough Felicia Spencer". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2019-07-28.
- Marcel Dorff. "Felicia Spencer treft Zarah Fairn Dos Santos tijdens UFC Norfolk" (in Dutch). Retrieved 2022-01-21.
- Fuentes, Jon (2020-02-29). "UFC Norfolk Results: Felicia Spencer Beats Down Zarah Fairn". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2020-03-01.
- Brett Okamoto (2020-03-05). "Amanda Nunes to defend featherweight title against Felicia Spencer at UFC 250". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2020-03-05.
- Brett Okamoto (2020-04-09). "Dana White says UFC 249 will not happen April 18". espn.com. Retrieved 2020-04-09.
- Marcel Dorff. "Amanda Nunes vs. Felicia Spencer opnieuw ingepland voor Featherweight titel tijdens UFC 250" (in Dutch). Retrieved 2022-01-21.
- Damon Martin (June 6, 2020). "Amanda Nunes completely dominates Felicia Spencer in lopsided decision to defend title at UFC 250". MMAFighting.com. Retrieved June 6, 2020.
- Marcel Dorff (2021-02-22). "Felicia Spencer treft drievoudig US National Boxing kampioene Danyelle Wolf op 22 mei". MMA DNA (in Dutch). Retrieved 2022-01-21.
- Marcel Dorff (2021-05-06). "Norma Dumont pakt short notice partij tegen Felicia Spencer op 22 mei in Las Vegas". MMA DNA (in Dutch). Retrieved 2022-01-21.
- Anderson, Jay (2021-05-22). "UFC Vegas 27 Results: Felicia Spencer Falls to Norma Dumont in Split Decision". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2021-05-23.
- Dorff, Marcel (2021-09-01). "Voormalig titeluitdaagster Felicia Spencer treft Leah Letson op 13 november in Las Vegas". MMA DNA (in Dutch). Retrieved 2021-09-01.
- Anderson, Jay (2021-11-13). "UFC Vegas 42: Felicia Spencer Dominates Returning Leah Letson". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2021-11-13.
- "Former UFC title contender Felicia Spencer announces retirement". www.mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2021-12-03.
- Mike Bohn (November 14, 2021). "UFC Fight Night 197 post-event facts: Max Holloway first to crack 3,000 total UFC strikes landed". MMAjunkie.com.
- Sherdog.com. "Felicia". Sherdog. Retrieved 2020-06-07.