The UFC officially introduced their women’s 145-pound featherweight division on February 11, 2017, when top bantamweight contenders Germaine de Randamie and Holly Holm fought over the inaugural title. Since then, there has only been one true featherweight signed to the promotion in Australia’s own, Megan Anderson. However, that is now no longer the case.
When speaking with the media at UFC Wichita on Saturday, Anderson revealed that current Invicta FC featherweight champion Felicia Spencer (6-0) has now been signed as well. The Body Lock has since confirmed the news.
Along with the Spencer signing, there is expected to be other 145-pound fighters who have yet to be revealed. Last week The Ultimate Fighter 28 contestant, Bea Malecki announced her signing to the UFC despite not getting a shot at the season’s finale. Anderson said in her media scrum that Malecki is likely to drop down to bantamweight.
As for Spencer, she has been the top prospect in the featherweight division arguably since she began her career. Obviously, she has continued on to solidify those thoughts in the form of a world title.
All six of Spencer’s professional bouts have come within the Invicta FC cage. Of those six fights, she has finished three by submission and one by TKO. With her mix of black belts in both tae kwon do and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, the sky is the limit for the 28-year old.
The Canadian born Florida resident won the Invicta FC title in November 2018 at Invicta FC 32 when she took on the seasoned veteran, Pam Sorenson. The two put on a thrilling back and forth fight over the course of four rounds before Spencer was able to sink in the tight rear-naked choke to become only the third 145-pound champion in Invicta history.
It should be exciting and interesting to see how the UFC continues to build its featherweight division.
Drake Riggs is an MMA writer who specializes in feature pieces, the women's fight scene, lists, and rankings. He has been a passionate fan of MMA ever since 2009. Drake also currently writes for BJPenn.com, Fansided MMA, Cageside Press, and is a former contributor to Sherdog and MMA Today. He is also a die-hard fan of the NFL's Green Bay Packers and Jacksonville Jaguars.