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Amanda Nunes will make her first defence against Felicia Spencer, after winning the title with a 51-second knockout of Cris Cyborg in December 2018. Former bantamweight champion, Cody Garbrandt, will face off against No.5 Contender, Raphael Assuncao in the co-main event. 

The fight card also features, Alijamain Sterling vs Cory Sandhagen, plus Neil Magny and one of the most exciting young talents at the moment, Sugar Sean O’Malley. Full fight card, below: 

 

UFC 250 Main Event 

  • Amanda Nunes vs Felicia Spencer (women’s featherweight title fight) 
  • Rafael Assuncao vs Cody Garbrandt (men’s bantamweight bout) 
  • Aljamain Sterling vs Cory Sandhagen (men’s bantamweight bout) 
  • Neil Magny vs Anthony Rocco Martin (welterweight bout)
  • Eddie Wineland vs Sean O’Malley (men’s bantamweight bout) 

UFC 250 Prelims  

  • Alex Caceres vs Chase Hooper (men’s featherweight bout)
  • Iain Heimisch vs Gerald Meerschaert (middleweight bout) 
  • Cody Stamann vs Brian Kelleher (men’s featherweight bout) 
  • Charles Byrd vs Maki Pitolo (middleweight bout) 
  • Alex Perez vs Jussier Formiga (men’s flyweight bout) 
  • Alonzo Menifield vs Devin Clark (light-heavyweight bout)
  • Evan Dunham vs Herbert Burns  

 

Where, when and how can I watch it? 

UFC 250 will take place at UFC Apex in Las Vegas. The prelims will get underway at 11:30pm GMT on Saturday, June 6th, and the main card will commence at 3:00am GMT on Sunday, June 7th.

All coverage will be shown live on BT Sport 2.  

 

Amanda Nunes vs Felicia Spencer 

Arguably one of the GOATs in UFC history, Amanda Nunes makes her first defence as the featherweight champion against Felicia Spencer. Her last fight came against Germaine de Randemie at UFC245 in December 2019. 

This is a fighter who has been at the top of her game for the last 5 years and really showed that consistency in her last fightShe looked extremely sharp, both in her striking and grappling, which led her to conclusively winning the fight by unanimous decision.   

In the other side we have Felicia Spencer who is coming off a victory over Zarah Fair Dos SantosHowever, most UFC fans will remember her from her fight against Cris Cyborg. 

Nothing surprising about the way Spencer won the fight, she’s usually very patient, and looks for opportunities to take her opponent down – and that’s exactly what she did. 

 

Prediction  Amanda Nunes to win by KO

Stylistically we are looking at a striker versus a grapplerHowever, because Amanda Nunes is such strong overall fighter, I can see this fight being very one-sided. She’s extremely accurate with her striking, her grappling is strong, and can also be overwhelming on the ground.  

Felicia Spencer is undoubtedly very tough (as she showed against Cyborg) and is a very talented grappler, but her lack of defence opens her to taking damage before she’s able to take her opponents down

With someone like Amanda Nunes who has got power in their striking, she cannot afford to do that. Not only that, Nunes is a black belt in Brazillian Ju-Jitsu, which means she’d be more than comfortable if the fight goes to the ground. Overall, Spencer’s best asset is something Amanda has, if not more. 

 

 

Rafael Assuncao vs Cody Garbrandt  

It feels like ages ago when Cody Garbrandt humiliated one of the greatest bantamweight champions of all-time, Dominick Cruz, and became the new champion. I’m sure back then we all thought Cody would surpass the achievements of Dominick Cruz.

However, after three KO losses against TJ. Dillashaw (2) and Pedro Munhoz (1), Cody Garbrandt is facing a mountain to reclaim what he achieved back in 2016. 

In my opinion, this is one of the most important fights in Cody Garbrant’s career and a win on Saturday may just elevate his chances of reaching the top again. 

Undoubtedly, he has the talent and huge knockout powerbut he needs to show signs of maturity. His last fight against Munhoz showed a lack of respect to his opponent, trading unnecessarily in the pocket and getting knocked out.

Rafael Assuncao, known for his Muay Thai style of fighting is also coming off a losing streak and will be looking to bounce back with a win on Saturday night. He last fought against Cory Sandhagen in August 2019 in UFC241, where he showed signs of improvement after his loss against Marlon Moraes. 

However, Cory was just too dominant on his feet and showed great defence on the ground. 

 

Prediction – Cody Garbrandt by Decision 

Despite three defeats in row, I would expect Cody to have made the necessary adjustments to win the fight on Saturday. As I mentioned earlier, he has huge knockout power, he’s very quick and I believe he’s in a good spot mentally. However, he is facing a very tough opponent, who excels at grappling and has strong leg kicks. These are important aspects that Cody needs to avoid in order to give him that advantage on the feet. In addition, Assuncao has only every had 4 knockout victories in his career, which may give Cody some cushion, but this is the fight game and anything can happen. 

 

Aljamain Sterling vs Cory Sandhagen  

Both fighters are in red hot form and this could potentially the fight of the night 

At 30 years old, Aljamain Sterling (18-3) is at the prime of his career and will be looking to secure a title shot for the vacant bantamweight title. He’s currently on a 4-fight win streak, where his last fight came against PedrMunhoz at UFC238, which was very entertaining to watch. He controlled the distance; his head movement was on point and he trashed talked all the way through! The one thing I also noticed; he has a very unorthodox style in his movement and striking, which makes him very appealing to watch. 

Undefeated in the UFC, Sandhagen (12-1) has taken the bantamweight division by storm, who also looked extremely impressive in his last fight against Raphael Assuncao. He showed a wide range of attacks and looked in great shape. 

 

Prediction – Cory Sandhagen to win by decision

If I’m honest, this was a difficult fight to predict as both fighters are equally skilled. However, I would have to give the slight edge to Cory Sandhagen. Both fighters have interesting styles, but I feel like the size and reach of Sandhagen will play a big role in the fight. He’s also got great conditioning, utilises his length and can be very dynamic. In some respect, he’s very similar to former interim lightweight champion, Tony Ferguson. On top of that his up and coming/underdog status, makes him very dangerous. 

 

Neil Magny vs Anthony Rocco Martin  

Elevation fight team versus the American top team, we have one fighter who has returned to scene after a one-year break and another fighter who has been very active over the last couple of years. 

Neil Magny had an impressive victory over Li Jingliang in UFC248 (March, 2020) and looked better than ever. The one-year break seemed to have benefited him greatly in terms of his sharpness on the feet and his takedown defence. 

Anthony Rocco is coming off a unanimous victory over Ramazam Emeev, which could have controversial in some peoples’ eyes. However, the early leg-kicks and the significant strikes gave him the victory. 

 

Prediction – Neil Magny by Decision 

I mentioned previously about Neil Magny’s takedown defence, and I’m sure it’ll need to good if not better against Rocco. Anthony Rocco is a black belt in Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu and will have a number of submission manoeuvres in his back pocket. 

However, Neil Magny looked very impressive in his last outing. His jabs were quick and precise, which is where Rocco’s previous opponent managed to expose. On top of that, Magney will have the size and reach advantage, which will play in his favour on the feet and the grappling exchanges. 

 

 

Eddie Wineland vs Sean O’Malley 

Probably the most hyped fighter at the moment, Sean O’Malley, faces off against former interim bantamweight weight contender, Eddie Wineland.  

The Sugar Show returns to the stage on Saturday night and this is one fighter I thoroughly enjoy watching. After a two-year layoff, O’Malley made a strong statement at UFC248 with a first round KO victory over José Alberto Quiñónez. 

His movement was impeccable and he really showed the MMA fans why he deserves all the hype. 

In my opinion, Eddie Wineland is coming towards the end of his MMA career. However, giving credit where its due, the UFC Veteran looked quite impressive in his previous win over Grigory Popov. He was very accurate in his striking and showed why he still has extreme knockout power. 

 

Prediction – Sean O’Malley by KO 

Despite, Wineland’s toughness, experience and undeniable knockout ability, his aggressive style and reach discrepancy will play right into O’Malley’s hands.

Sean has got quick dynamic movement to avoid that big right hand and will look to calmly pick him off with counter punches and kicks

He’s also very comfortable in switching from southpaw to orthodox, which may throw Wineland off guard. I’d be very surprised if O’Malley didn’t finish the fight under 2 rounds. 

 

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