Venue: UFC APEX, City: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States, Date: June 6. 2020
UFC 250: Nunes vs. Spencer is a mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship that will take place on June 6, 2020 at the UFC APEX facility in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States.
The event was originally scheduled to take place on May 9 at Ginásio do Ibirapuera in São Paulo, Brazil. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event was eventually postponed (see section below). On April 21, the UFC confirmed that UFC 249 would be moved to May 9 and UFC 250 was pushed back to June 6.In late May, the promotion confirmed the event would take place on their "home turf" in Las Vegas and would be contested behind closed doors.
A UFC Bantamweight Championship bout between the current champion Henry Cejudo (also former UFC Flyweight Champion and 2008 Olympic gold medalist in freestyle wrestling) and former WEC and two-time UFC Featherweight Champion José Aldo was expected to serve as the inital event headliner. However, Aldo pulled out on April 8 due to visa issues as the event was expected to be moved to the United States (see section below). Former two-time bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz replaced Aldo.
A UFC Women's Featherweight Championship bout between the current champion Amanda Nunes (also the current UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion) and former Invicta FC Featherweight Champion Felicia Spencer was expected to serve as the co-headliner. Nunes announced on April 20 that she would not compete at a new proposed event for May 9 due to her desire to have a full training camp. The bout will now serve as the new event headliner.
The event was originally expected to take place at Ginásio do Ibirapuera in São Paulo, Brazil. On April 7, it was announced that the venue will be used as a field hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic and would not be able to host the fight card.
The challenger's only loss of her career came at the hands of Cyborg at UFC 240 via a unanimous decision last July. Coming back from that loss, Spencer won a first-round stoppage over Zarah Fairn Dos Santos in February.
The co-main event features former champion Cody Garbrandt taking on Raphael Assuncao. The other marquee matchup is between bantamweights Aljamain Sterling and Cory Sandhagen. Another solid bantamweight bout between Sean O'Malley and Eddie Wineland.
That’s the question in what many believe is one of the most lopsided battles on the UFC 250 card.
Official Fight Card
|Women's Featherweight||Amanda Nunes (c)||def.||Felicia Spencer||Decision (unanimous) (50–44, 50–44, 50-44)||5||5:00|
|Bantamweight||Cody Garbrandt||def.||Raphael Assunção||KO (punch)||2||4:59|
|Bantamweight||Aljamain Sterling||def.||Cory Sandhagen||Submission (rear-naked choke)||1||1:28|
|Welterweight||Neil Magny||def.||Anthony Rocco Martin||Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 29–28)||3||5:00|
|Bantamweight||Sean O'Malley||def.||Eddie Wineland||KO (punch)||1||1:54|
|Preliminary Card (ESPN / ESPN+)|
|Featherweight||Alex Caceres||def.||Chase Hooper||Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27)||3||5:00|
|Middleweight||Ian Heinisch||def.||Gerald Meerschaert||TKO (punches)||1||1:14|
|Featherweight||Cody Stamann||def.||Brian Kelleher||Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27)||3||5:00|
|Middleweight||Maki Pitolo||def.||Charles Byrd||TKO (punches)||2||1:10|
|Early Preliminary Card (ESPN / UFC Fight Pass / ESPN+)|
|Flyweight||Alex Perez||def.||Jussier Formiga||TKO (leg kicks)||1||4:06|
|Light Heavyweight||Devin Clark||def.||Alonzo Menifield||Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 29–28, 29–28)||3||5:00|
|Catchweight (150 lbs)||Herbert Burns||def.||Evan Dunham||Submission (rear-naked choke)||1||1:20|
Amanda Nunes def. Felicia Spencer via unanimous decision
Amanda Nunes was already considered the greatest women’s fighter of all time before competing at UFC 250. Nothing dispelled that mystique on Saturday night as the reigning two-division champion absolutely dominated Felicia Spencer from the first second of their fight until the last as she defended her featherweight title for the first time.
The scorecards read 50-44, 50-44 and 50-45 with Nunes winning her 11th consecutive fight overall. While it was somewhat shocking that Spencer survived to the end, Nunes paid homage to her opponent for the incredible toughness she displayed.
Cody Garbrandt def. Raphael Assuncao via second-round KO (4:59)
Cody Garbrandt is officially back and notice has been served to the bantamweight division.
After three straight losses, the former 135-pound champion had something to prove on his co-main event fight against Raphael Assuncao and the Ohio native looked better than ever before uncorking one of the most incredible knockouts in recent memory.
Aljamain Sterling def. Cory Sandhagen via sub (RNC) (R1, 1:28)
Aljamain Sterling is ready for his title shot.
The New York native made a huge statement at UFC 250 as he choked out Cory Sandhagen in the first round of their bantamweight showdown with the winner all but assured a chance to compete for gold later this year.
Neil Magny def. Rocco Martin via unanimous decision
Neil Magny has a reputation for an unreal work rate and it paid off in his UFC 250 fight against Anthony Rocco Martin.
“The Haitian Sensation” once again hammered the gas pedal with more and more output during each passing minute to hand Martin a unanimous decision loss after three rounds. The scorecards read 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28 with all three judges giving the fight to Magny.
Sean O’Malley def. Eddie Wineland via first-round KO (1:54)
UFC 250 became the sugar show on Saturday night thanks to a highlight reel knockout courtesy of Sean O’Malley.
The undefeated bantamweight stayed perfect after connecting with a jaw-dropping right hand that absolutely flattened Eddie Wineland and sent him crashing to the canvas. All O’Malley had to do from there was just turn and walk away as the referee quickly stepped into stop the fight at :154 in the opening round.
Alex Caceres def. Chase Hooper via unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Alex Caceres showed how much veteran experience can make a difference as he dished out a striking clinic over three rounds to hand Chase Hooper his first professional defeat.
Again and again, Caceres showcased superiority on the feet while stuffing almost every attempt from Hooper to take the fight to the ground. When it was over, Caceres won a clean sweep on the judges’ scorecards with all three giving him the fight 30-27.
Ian Heinisch def. Gerald Meerschaert via first-round TKO (1:14)
Ian Heinisch got back on track in a big way at UFC 250.
After suffering back-to-back losses for the first time in his career, Heinisch returned with a devastating TKO to finish Gerald Meerschaert at just 1:14 in the opening round.
Maki Pitolo def. Charles Byrd via second-round TKO (1:10)
UFC middleweight Charles Byrd on Saturday announced his retirement following his third consecutive octagon loss.
Byrd was stopped by Maki Pitolo in the second round of their UFC 250 preliminary card bout. Afterward, in a Facebook post, he said he’s hanging up his gloves.
Alex Perez def. Jussier Formiga via first-round TKO (4:06)
Alex Perez earned the biggest win of his career with a blistering first-round finish against Jussier Formiga in the featured early prelim at UFC 250.
It was a series of devastating leg kicks employed by Perez as he absolutely dismantled Formiga from the first exchange until the last when he put the Brazilian on the canvas and referee Keith Peterson had no choice but to stop the fight.
Herbert Burns def. Evan Dunham via sub (RNC) (R1, 1:20)
Herbert Burns earned his second win in the UFC on Saturday night, and he needed less than two minutes to get the job done.
The Brazilian made quick work of veteran lightweight Evan Dunham with a rear-naked choke that put an end to the fight at just 1:20 into the opening round.
Cody Stamann def. Brian Kelleher via unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Devin Clark def. Alonzo Menifield via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28 x2)
*Fights labeled as "may not be broadcast" are scheduled to take place before the live broadcast begins. These pre-recorded fights are inserted into the broadcast if time permits. However, due to broadcast time constraints some of these undercard bouts may not be seen on a broadcast. These additional bout can be found as bonus footage on the event DVD.