Felicia Spencer knows that the stakes are high for her co-main event spot at UFC Norfolk and she plans to dominate to earn a title shot against Amanda Nunes.
Spencer, who last suffered a decision loss to Cris Cyborg at UFC 240, is set to make her return to the Octagon on Saturday against Zarah Fairn dos Santos in the co-main event of UFC Norfolk. For the Canadian women’s fighter, after last sharing the Octagon with Cyborg, she is feeling more than ready for this fight.
“It was a great experience for the camp, for fight week and the cage time. I mean, just like any fight you are going to learn,” Spencer told BJPENN.com. “I gained confidence from that fight but mostly I’m ready to go in there and get my hand raised again. Just perform better than I did in July.”
“In some ways [I was surprised] but no at the same time. Honestly, when she made her UFC debut and lost I thought it would make sense as we both are coming off a loss. My coaches and people around me didn’t think the UFC would do it,” she said. “When I told Mick I was ready that was the name he gave me. In some ways, it makes a lot of sense and I’m excited that there is another featherweight matchup on the card so it’s a spotlight on the division. It was a fight that made sense and I’m ready to hand her another loss in the UFC.”
Felicia Spencer feels that she will have an advantage on the ground in this fight. She refers to the fact that she beat Anderson by submission, who then went on to submit dos Santos.
With that being said, Spencer remains confident that she’ll be able to take the fight wherever she wants.
“I never say I’m better than anyone on the ground that I haven’t rolled with. But, on paper, yeah I think that I should be able to control the ground,” she explained. “I always go into every fight assuming they haven’t shown their best self yet. I’m ready for everything. I want to be able to control the pace and the location of the fight the entire time.”
The Canadian fighter is confident she will get her hand raised after a dominant display and be given a title shot against Amanda Nunes for her next fight.
“It is all about dominating Zarah. Me personally, not even thinking about title fights, I want a finish, I want it to be done in the first round. I want it to be exciting and show I’m one of the top fighters in the division. If not the top,” she concluded. “I just want it to be dominant and a finish shows that and no one can argue that. I’m just excited. I can make a statement here and put on a showing here and earn a title shot on it.”
This article first appeared on CLOSEDGUARDMEDIA.com on 25th February, 2020.