We have yet again another eventful night in UFC Vegas 27: Font vs. Garbrandt. There are many fights that I would not put my money on, but upon further research, I found a few fights that really stood out to me. Read below to see what action I’m getting into for this upcoming fight night.
Felicia Spencer vs. Norma Dumont
UFC Women’s Featherweight Bout – Main Card
Saturday, May 22, 2021 – 08:05 PM EDT at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas
Felicia “Feenom” Spencer is a Canadian mixed martial artist who is a former Invicta FC Featherweight champion. Spencer began her amateur career in 2012 after appearing on the first “Tuff-N-Uff Future Stars of MMA” tournament - she won via submission against Leanne Foster. After building a record of 5-1, she signed with Invicta FC in 2015. In her promotional debut, she competed against Rachel Wiley at Invicta FC 14: Evinger vs. Kianzad and won via TKO in the first round. After a few years, she amassed a record of 6-0 and then signed her contract with the UFC. Her promotional debut was in 2019 at UFC Fight Night: dos Anjos vs. Lee against Megan Anderson - she won via submission in the first round. She has four professional bouts in the UFC; of those four bouts, she is 2-2.
Norma “the Immortal” Dumont is a Brazilian mixed martial artist that has a total of 6 professional bouts. In 2016, she began her professional career with Jungle Fight - her promotional debut was against Tainara Lisboa and won via submission in the first round. Dumont made her UFC debut in 2020 against Megan Anderson and lost via KO in the first round.
The current UFC Odds for this matchup are: Felicia Spencer -190 and Norma Dumont +165 via BetOnline (Visit our BetOnline Review). Spencer being the favorite in this matchup makes complete sense.
Although Spencer is 2-2 in the UFC, her only two losses were against the toughest in the division - the former Featherweight Champion Cris Cyborg and the current champion, Amanda Nunes. Those two losses are also her only losses overall in her professional career. In both those fights against the toughest in the division, she lost via unanimous decision. To me, this proves that Spencer has a tough chin and Dumont will not be able to finish her.
Dumont, on the other hand, has a total of six professional bouts over the span of 2016-2020. Her only professional loss was against Megan Anderson at UFC Fight Night 169 - she lost via KO in the first round. Meanwhile, Anderson was a walk in the park for Spencer - she defeated Anderson via submission in the first round. Dumont does utilize her feints well and has accurate striking skills alongside good head movement. However, she has not faced the level of competition Spencer has. Spencer is a well-rounded fighter that can finish a fight standing or on the ground. I have to side with Feenom in this matchup.
Yan Xiaonan vs. Carla Esparza
UFC Women’s Strawweight Bout - Co-Main
Saturday, May 22, 2021 - 11:05 PM EDT at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas
Yan “Fury” Xiaonan is a Chinese mixed martial artist currently ranked #3 in the UFC Women’s Strawweight division, and currently ranked #11 in the UFC women’s pound-for-pound rankings. Yan is the first Chinese female fighter that was signed by the UFC in 2017. Before her professional career with the UFC, Yan fought under many combat promotions, but mainly Road Fighting Championship. She compiled a record of 7-1 before joining the UFC. Yan started her MMA training at the age of 13 and has been professionally fighting since 2009.
Carla “Cookie Monster” Esparza is an American mixed martial artist who is the former and also first UFC Strawweight Champion, and the first Invicta FC Strawweight Champion. Currently, Esparza is now ranked #4 in the UFC Women’s Strawweight division, and #13 in the UFC Women’s pound-for-pound rankings. Esparza’s interest in combat sports began in highschool when she started wrestling for the varsity team where won many local and national high-school wrestling tournaments. In 2008-09, Esparza became a women’s wrestling All-American. Once Esparza got to college, she then began training in Brazilan Jiu-Jitsu where she currently has her brown belt.
In 2010, Esparza had three professional MMA bouts - she fought unter Respect in the Cage 3, Long Beach Fight Night 8, and Ladies Night: Clash of the Titans; she won all three. Her next fight was against Megumi Fujii at the Bellator Fighting Championships 24 and she lost via submission in the second round. The following year in 2011, Esparza made her debut for XFC against Felig Herrig - she won via unanimous decision. She then made her Invicta FC debut in 2012 against Sarah Schneider - she won via TKO in the second round. In 2013, she competed for the Invicta FC Strawweight Title against Bec Hyatt and won via unanimous decision, becoming the first Invicta FC strawweight Champion.
Esparza signed with the UFC in 2013 and competed in the Ultimate Fighter for a chance at being the first ever UFC Strawweight Champion. She advanced to the finals against Rose Namajunas and won via submission in the third round. She has had many, many accomplishments throughout her entire professional career: 2013 Pan-American Jiu-Jitsu Championship, 2014 Female Fighter of the Year, Invicta FC Strawweight Champion, UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion, and more!
I included this fight in my Top UFC Picks video, and I will include it in this article as well, mainly because this is my most favorite fight on this card. This should be a highly eventful fight between two extremely talented female fighters.
Esparza is mainly known for her dominant wrestling skills. She is not a fighter that relies on her striking and tends to have very little output. Her game plan is to land a takedown and dominate on the ground. Yan has 1 submission loss under her record - which is also her only loss - so Esparza’s high-wrestling skills do worry me a little bit in this matchup.
However, Yan is extremely powerful and skilled. She has a high output of strikes with an average of 6.42 significant strikes per minute while absorbing only 3.63. She also holds a bold takedown defense, which should make things more difficult for Esparza. She is quick on her feet and can finish a fight as she has 5 out of 13 wins by T/KO. The rest of her wins were by decision (8); Esparza also has a decent chin to make it to the cards as she has 10 out of 17 wins by decision. If Esparza is able to break Yan’s defense and brings the fight to the canvas, there is a high chance for Cookie Monster to win as an underdog. If Yan is able to stick to her top defensive skills and dominate on the feet, then this will be Yan’s fight. However, she has proved to have some skills on the ground as well. Since Yan has such a high output of strikes while holding a takedown defense at 75%, I have to side with Fury. The current UFC Odds for this fight are: Yan Xiaonan -127 and Carla Esparza +107.