The fight that was to go down at UFC 250 in Brazil has been pushed back to June.
Amanda Nunes vs. Felicia Spencer will happen — roughly a month after it was originally scheduled.
ESPN was first to report that Nunes vs. Spencer will happen at an unnamed (as of yet) event on June 6. While no location has been given for the card, the featherweight title fight is expected to go down on that date. Another show in Florida — where both women reside — remains a possibility.
The UFC currently has three events scheduled in Jacksonville, FL this month.
Canada’s Spencer (8-1) earned her shot at UFC gold following a finish of Zarah Fairn Dos Santos earlier this year, at UFC Norfolk. “The Feenom” also holds a finish over fellow top featherweight Megan Anderson inside the octagon, with the only loss on her professional record coming to the fearsome Cris Cyborg. That bout went the distance, making Spencer one of just two women to make it to the final bell against Cyborg in the past decade.
Nunes (19-4) was last seen defending her bantamweight title against Germaine de Randamie (coincidentally a former 145lb champ) at UFC 245 in December. The fight against Spencer will be her first defense of the UFC women’s featherweight championship. The double-champ has successfully defended her 135lb title five times.
Spencer and Nunes previously agreed to remain in Florida during the coronavirus outbreak, to increase the chances of the fight happening as scheduled. However, while UFC 250 was originally scheduled for May 9, Nunes would later balk at an attempt to keep the fight on for that date (as part of the rescheduled, rebuilt UFC 249). “I don’t think this is the right time for me right now to fight. Let this coronavirus pass a little bit so I can at least have a full camp,” the double-champ told CBS Sports at the time.
With roughly an extra month, it seems Nunes has the time she wants. Whether Nunes vs. Spencer will headline the June 6 card remains to be seen. The original date in Brazil featured Henry Cejudo vs. Jose Aldo in the main event. However, Cejudo is now defending his bantamweight title against Dominick Cruz this weekend.