UFC President Dana White has disclosed to ESPN that a featherweight matchup between Cris Cyborg (20-2 MMA) and Felicia Spencer (7-0 MMA) could serve as the co-main event for UFC 240. The promotion has apparently offered the fight up to both women according to White.
Spencer made her UFC debut two weeks ago at UFC Rochester where she dominated Megan Anderson en route to a first-round submission victory. After her win in New York, the former Invicta Featherweight Champion said that “it would be an honor” to face Cyborg.
Cyborg was quick to accept the challenge and proposed the two meet this summer.
— CrisCyborg.Com (@criscyborg) May 19, 2019
It now seems the former multi-promotional champion may get her wish. The fight would be Cyborg’s first return to the cage since losing her featherweight title to Amanda Nunes in a champ vs champ bout last December. Cyborg had defended her title twice before the defeat.
As as always been the case, the future of the barren featherweight division is up in the air. Currently, Nunes is scheduled to defend her bantamweight belt against Holly Holm at UFC 239. Last month, Nunes said that she would again move up and defend the featherweight title after she meets Holm this summer.
It’s likely the winner of Spencer vs Cyborg will get the next shot at “The Lioness”.
UFC 240 is slated for Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The event is scheduled to be headlined by a featherweight title tilt between Max Holloway and Frankie Edgar. The pair were supposed to meet twice in the past, but injuries caused both of those fights to be scrapped.