UFC Norfolk Results: Felicia Spencer Beats Down Zarah Fairn

Felicia Spencer and Zarah Fairn, UFC Norfolk
Felicia Spencer and Zarah Fairn, UFC Norfolk ceremonial weigh-in Credit: Jay Anderson/Cageside Press

Felicia Spencer made sure no one forgot about her after Megan Anderson’s knockout at UFC Norfolk, stopping Zarah Fairn in the first round.

UFC Norfolk’s co-main event was the second straight co-headlining slot for Canada’s Felicia Spencer. That placement said a lot about the promotion’s hopes for the “Feenom,” who came into the promotion with a submission win over Megan Anderson, then more than held her own in a losing effort against Cris Cyborg at UFC 240.

Opposite her was France’s Zarah Fairn, who had come up short against Anderson in her promotional debut last year. The fight was one of two women’s featherweight scraps on the card, meaning almost the entirety of the weight class in the UFC was in action.

Champ Amanda Nunes was widely believed to be looking to defend her featherweight belt at UFC 250, making this fight, and Megan Anderson vs. Norma Dumont, an audition of sorts.

There was some nice striking from both ladies to start things off, with Spencer landing a few head kicks and Fairn getting off some nice counter shots. Spencer decided to clinch and got the fight to the ground with a takedown into full mount. After posturing up and landing some huge ground-and-pound, Fairn was hurt very badly. After Fairn endured some big punishment, Spencer picked up the stoppage win via TKO.

With a win in a head-to-head matchup against Megan Anderson and matching her with a first round stoppage, it seems that she’ll be next in line for the belt at featherweight.

Felicia Spencer def. Zarah Fairn by TKO (Ground-and-Pound) in Round 1 (3:37)