Check out UFC 250 tips and previews for all five main card fights, including the headline bout between dominant women’s UFC Bantamweight and Featherweight Champion Amanda Nunes and plucky challenger Felicia Spencer.
- Nunes 19-4 (13 by KO/TKO)
- Spencer 8-1 (2 by KO/TKO)
- Nunes def Germaine de Randamie – Decision
- Spencer def Zarah Fairn Dos Santos – Rd 1 TKO
Analysis: Amanda Nunes is climbing the rungs in the annals of the greatest fighters in women’s UFC history. She is on a 10-fight winning streak that reads as a who’s who of high-profile female fighters: Shevchenko, Tate, Rousey, Cyborg, Holm. ‘The Lioness’ sits atop the UFC’s women’s pound for pound rankings. She holds the UFC Women’s Bantamweight and Featherweight Championships.
Since her brutal 51-second knockout of Cyborg – arguably the women’s UFC G.O.A.T. – in late-2018, Nunes scored a first-round TKO win over Holly Holm at UFC 239 last July and a unanimous decision against Germaine de Randamie at UFC 245 in December. The 32-year-old Brazilian’s striking speed and power is out of this world, with 13 of her 19 MMA wins coming by KO/TKO.
Canadian Spencer’s career is brief by comparison, racking up an 8-1 record (2-1 in UFC). She suffered the first loss of her career to Cyborg at UFC 240 last year but responded with an impressive first-round TKO of Zarah Fairn Dos Santos in February. The former Invicta FC Featherweight Champion is tough as nails and can take a punch.
An upset isn’t out of the question, but Spencer’s $5.80 underdog price is a fair reflection of the mountainous task ahead of her. Expect Nunes’ ascension to legend status to continue.
- Assunção 27-7 (4 by KO/TKO)
- Garbrandt 11-3 (9 by KO/TKO)
- Assunção def by Cory Sandhagen – Decision
- Garbrandt def by Pedro Munhoz – Rd 1 TKO
Analysis: This bantamweight bout was originally scheduled for March – and both fighters need to end their current losing streaks. Assunção has lost his last two, submitted to Marlon Moraes at a UFC Fight Night last February and going down on points to Cory Sandhagen at UFC 241 in August. After going 11-0 and winning the UFC Bantamweight Championship from Dominick Cruz, Sandhagen has lost his last three. He surrendered the title to TJ Dillashaw at UFC 217 and lost the rematch at UFC 227, both by TKO. Sandhagen then suffered a first-round knockout against Pedro Munhoz at UFC 235 in his last fight – 15 months ago.
Assunção is ranked fifth in the currently champion-less division. Garbrandt is ninth. Garbrandt is a heavy-hitting knockout specialist (9 KO/TKOs in 11 wins), while Assunção has been one of the best in the business at getting his opponents to tap out – 10 of his 27 career wins have come by submission. If either competitor wants a shot at the title vacated by Henry Cejudo in the near future, a win here is an absolute must. Gabrandt is the $1.68 favourite, but after being out of the ring for more than a year and going winless since 2016, Assunção’s value is hard to ignore.
- Munhoz 18-3 (2 by KO/TKO)
- Sandhagen 12-1 (4 by KO/TKO)
- Munhoz def Pedro Munhoz – Decision
- Sandhagen def Raphael Assunção – Decision
Analysis: Another crucial bout with the UFC Bantamweight Championship officially vacated. Aljamain Sterling is second in the division, while Cory Sandhagen is ranked fourth – and the winner can expect to vie for the title on their next trip to the octagon. Both have strung winning streaks together over the past couple of years. Sterling has won his last four fights, including a unanimous decision over Pedro Munhoz in his last outing at UFC 238 last June. Sandhagen has won his last seven fights, including all five since joining the UFC in early-2018. He outpointed Raphael Assunção via unanimous decision at UFC 241 in August.
Sterling has recorded seven submission victories in 18 career fights, with just two KO/TKO wins. Sandhagen has four knockouts and three submission results among 12 career wins. There’s little between these two excellent fighters, who have just one KO/TKO loss between them (Sterling). With so much at stake this bout shapes as one that will go the distance.
- Magny 22-7 (7 by KO/TKO)
- Martin 17-5 (1 by KO/TKO)
- Magny def Li Jingliang – Decision
- Martin def Ramazan Emeev – Decision
Analysis: Two of the welterweight division’s most experienced campaigners are aiming to two wins in a row. Neil Magny won a three-round decision against Li Jingliang at UFC 248 just before the sports shutdown. Anthony Rocco Martin won a three-round decision against Ramazan Emeev at a UFC Fight Night in November. Martin has just one career knockout to his name – against Ryan LaFlare at UFC 229 – while Magny has stopped his opponents seven times in 22 fights. Magny has won two and lost two of his last eight fights by KO/TKO. His win over Jingliang was his first outing since sitting out 16 months waiting to be cleared by USADA on an anti-doping violation. Superior in the clinch and with better punching power, Magny is good value here.
- Wineland 24-13-1 (15 by KO/TKO)
- O’Malley 11-0 (7 by KO/TKO)
- Wineland def Grigory Popov – Rd 2 TKO
- O’Malley def José Alberto Quiñónez – Rd 1 TKO
Analysis: The first bout of the main card sees Sean O’Malley defend his undefeated MMA record against promotion stalwart Eddie Wineland. Both bantamweights are knockout specialists. O’Malley has six first-round KO/TKOs in 11 career fights, including against José Alberto Quiñónez at UFC 248. It was just his third fight under the UFC banner and first outing in two years. Wineland ended a two-fight losing streak with a second-round TKO of Grigory Popov at UFC 238 last June, his 15th career knockout win. O’Malley is not infallible but the 35-year-old Wineland doesn’t appear to be the fighter to inflict his first defeat.