The main event of UFC 250 was already something special to anticipate. Amanda Nunes finally defends her Featherweight championship belt against Felicia Spencer. This is very intriguing considering this is the first time she has defended this belt since shocking the world in 2018 in her win over Cyborg. Felicia Spencer is an interesting up-and-comer whose only loss came at the hands of that very same Cyborg just last July. It's sure to make for a great main event.
Earlier today, the UFC announced the rest of the card for this UFC 250 event. We already knew several of these:
- Ian Heinisch (13-3) vs Gerald Meerschaert (30-12)
- Charles Byrd (10-6) vs Maki Pitolo (11-5)
- Alex Perez (23-5) vs Jussier Formiga (23-7)
- Alonzo Menifield (9-0) vs Devin Clark (11-4)
There are several very interesting matchups officially added today that have great potential to shake up a few divisions.
Now that Henry Cejudo has officially retired from MMA and vacated his title, this division is wide-open. Fifth-ranked Raphael Assuncao will take on ninth-ranked Cody Garbrandt and second-ranked Aljamain Sterling will fight fourth-ranked Cory Sandhagen. Also within this division is the unranked match between Eddie Wineland (24-13-1) and "Sugar" Sean O'Malley (11-0).
If Sterling wins, he cements his opportunity to fight for the championship but if he loses, then that places Petr Yan in the prime spot for his opportunity.
Cody Garbrandt is on a three-fight losing streak and hasn't won since 2016. In other words, he is desperate to get into the win column again and climb back up those rankings. His opponent, Raphael Assuncao, is also on a losing streak. He's lost his last two fights dating back to February of 2019 and would love to get an impressive victory here. For both fighters, they need a finish and cannot afford to let the judges decide their fate.
- Neil Magny (22-8) vs Anthony Rocco Martin (17-5)
- Alex Caceres (15-12) vs Chase Hooper (9-0-1)
Caceres hasn't finished a fight since he beat Sergio Pettis in 2014 with a rear-naked choke. He won his last fight in July of last year against Steven Peterson but it would still be impressive for him to finish the young Chase Hooper.
These fights turn a somewhat lacking card into a fruitful evening of fighting entertainment. Could we see a huge shakeup in the Bantamweight division? Will Chase Hooper finally receive his first loss as a professional? Tune in to UFC 250 only on pay-per-view on ESPN+ and airing June 6th, 2020.