Hello, and welcome to Express Sport’s recap coverage of UFC 250: Nunes vs Spencer, which took place at the UFC’s Apex facility in Las Vegas.
- A women’s featherweight title bout between Amanda Nunes and former Invicta FC 145lb queen Felicia Spencer headlined the card.
- In the co-main event of the evening, former UFC men’s bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt looked to snap a three-fight losing streak against perennial contender Raphael Assuncao.
- Bantamweight standouts Aljamain Sterling and Sean O’Malley were also in action, locking horns with Cory Sandhagen and Eddie Wineland respectively.
- Scroll down to recap all the action and reaction from Las Vegas below.
UFC 250 Live – 07:00am – That’s a wrap, folks
That’s all from our live coverage of UFC 250: Nunes vs Spencer, be sure to stick around for the latest news on Conor McGregor’s apparent retirement.
UFC 250 Live – 06:50am – Dana White revealed details of his recent conversation with Mike Tyson about his return to the ring
When revealing what he said to ‘Iron Mike’ during a recent chat, White said: “I love you, buddy, Good luck. I’ll watch it. “
UFC 250 Live – 06:41am – Dana White speaks on Conor McGregor’s supposed retirement.
“The amount of people I have gunning at me right now is insane,” White said in the post-fight press conference.
“So if that’s what Conor’s feeling right now, Jon Jones, Jorge Masvidal, I feel you. On a certain level, I understand it.”
UFC 250 Live: Amanda Nunes celebrates her UFC 250 victory over Felicia Spencer
UFC 250 Live: Amanda Nunes pours the pressure on Felicia Spencer
UFC 250 Live – 06:20am – Conor McGregor has appeared to have retired… again
He tweeted: “Hey guys I’ve decided to retire from fighting. Thank you all for the amazing memories!
“What a ride it’s been! Here is a picture of myself and my mother in Las Vegas post one of my World title wins!
“Pick the home of your dreams Mags I love you! Whatever you desire it’s yours.”
UFC 250 Live – 05:55am – Who is next for ‘The Lioness’?
That’s the question everyone is asking after seeing Amanda Nunes make light work of the durable Felicia Spencer. Nunes has defeated all comers and has established herself as the greatest female fighter in mixed martial arts history.
Barring a trilogy fight against Valentina Shevchenko, there are other fights that are even worth entertaining. One could make an argument for her retiring. And who could blame her if she decided to hang up her gloves?
UFC 250 Live: Conor McGregor has appeared to have retired from mixed martial atrs
UFC 250 Live – 05:45am – It goes the distance
Somehow, Felicia Spencer has made it to the end of the fifth round. That shouldn’t have been the case, though, as either her corner, the referee or the doctor should’ve saved her from taking more unnecessary punishment.
Unsurprisingly, Nunes gets the victory via unanimous decision, with the judges scoring the bout 50-44, 50-44, 50-45 in her favour.
UFC 250 Live – 05:34am – This should be stopped
Amanda Nunes is using Felicia Spencer’s head as target practice. Spencer is too tough for her own good and her corner should prevent her from taking any more punishment and save her for another day.
UFC 250 Live – 05:28am – This is getting ugly
Felicia Spencer is offering absolutely zero offence against Amanda Nunes, who continues to punish the Canadian with huge right hands. Her corner should really consider throwing in the towel.
UFC 250 Live: Amanda Nunes lands a big uppercut on Felicia Spencer
UFC 250 Live – 05:21am – Another round in the bank for The Lioness
Amanda Nunes is in cruise control here, landing heavy shots at will and dictating the pace of the fight. Felicia Spencer will need to start taking risks if she’s going to have any chance of turning the tide.
UFC 250 Live – 05:15am – Round one to the champ
Amanda Nunes already has one round in the bank after dominating Spencer on the ground and landing several punishing strikes. Felicia Spencer will have to do something different in the second and get the champ’s respect as soon as possible.
UFC 250 Live – 05:10am – The main event is upon us
Amanda Nunes and Felicia Spencer is finally upon us. Will we hear “and still” or “and new”? We’ll shortly find out.
UFC 250 Live – 04:46am – Cody Garbrandt is back!
Cody Garbrandt has just starched Raphael Assuncao with a blistering right hand from hell. The rot is well and truly over. What a performance from the former champ.
UFC 250 Live – 04:41am – Round one to Cody
There weren’t many exchanges in close, but going from the few that happened – plus the numerous leg kicks he landed – I’m giving the first round to Garbrandt.
UFC 250 Live: Cody Garbrandt knocked out Raphael Assuncao in devastating fashion
UFC 250 Live: 04:33am – Co-main event time
The co-main event of the evening is now upon. Raphael Assuncao vs Cody Garbrandt is about to go down. This is a must-win fight for Garbrandt, who has lost his last three in a row.
Let’s see if his time training with renowned coach Mark Henry will help him stop the rot and get back in the win column.
UFC 250 Live – 04:17am – A new bantamweight contender emerges
Aljamain Sterling has just made a huge statement by taking out Corey Sandhagen. The ‘Funkmaster’ took Sandhagen’s back early and began aggressively hunting a rear-naked choke.
Sandhagen defended the first attempt and looked on course to get back to his feet. Sterling, however, had other ideas and managed to sink in the choke and put Sandhagen to sleep.
That win should earn him a crack at the winner of the men’s bantamweight title fight between Petr Yan and Jose Aldo.
UFC 250 Live – 04:10am – Time for the People’s Main Event
Up next is arguably the most-anticipated fight of the night. Aljamain Sterling vs Corey Sandhagen is about to go down. In the eyes of many, this fight is the unofficial 135lb No.1 contenders fight.
This one is going to be fireworks.
UFC 250 Live: Aljamain Sterling sinks in a rear-naked choke on Raphael Assuncao
UFC 250 Live – 03:59am – Neil Magny gets it done
A huge third round from Neil Magny earns him a unanimous decision victory over a game Anthony Rocco Martin. Martin, for me, took the first round-and-half but didn’t do enough in the second half of the contest to get the nod.
UFC 250 Live – 03:42am – Neil Magny is back
Welterweight standout Neil Magny is currently taking on Anthony Rocco Martin. Magny, who has recently dubbed himself ‘The Haitian Sensation’, will be looking to make it two wins in a row against Illinois’ Martin.
UFC 250 Live: Sean O’Malley uncorks a vicious right hand on Eddie Wineland
UFC 250 – Live – 03:20am – Oh my goodness!!
Sean O’Malley has just starched Eddie Wineland with a beautifully set-up overhand right that separated the former WEC bantamweight champion from consciousness.
‘The Suga’ Show continues to roll on. Expect his name to be in the 135lb rankings next week.
UFC 250 Live – 03:10am – The Suga’ Show will soon be upon us
UFC 250’s main card is a bout to get underway. Kicking off the pay-per-view portion of the card is a men’s bantamweight bout between surging fan favourite Sean O’Malley and veteran Eddie Wineland.
UFC 250 Live – 02:58am – ‘Bruce Leeroy’ gets the nod
Alex Caceres has just put on a clinic against rising prospect Chase Hooper, whom he picked apart with his counter-striking to earn a unanimous decision victory.
UFC 250 Live – 02:48am – It’s all or nothing for ‘The Dream’ in the third
We’re in the third and final round of a thrilling featherweight match-up. Alex Caceres has used his wealth of experience to pick apart rookie Chase Hooper for two rounds.
Hooper is likely down two rounds, so he likely needs a finish to maintain his undefeated record.
UFC 250 Live: Alex Caceres lands a stiff jab on Chase Hooper
UFC 250 Live – 02:35am – We move to the featherweight division
Up next is a tasty 145lbs bout between veteran Alex Caceres and prospect Chase Hooper. Hooper made a big splash in his UFC debut last December, in which he recorded a TKO victory over Daniel Teymur.
UFC 250 Live – 02:15am – It’s over!
Ian ‘The Hurricane’ Heinisch has just ripped through Gerald Meerschaert. Heinisch bounced back from his decision loss to Omari Akhmedov with a first-round TKO victory, which came courtesy of a big overhand right and a swarm of ground-and-pound.
UFC 250 Live: Ian Heinisch lands a huge overhand right on Gerald Meerschaert
UFC 250 Live – 02:08am – We return to the middleweight division
Up next is an 185lb showdown between Iain Heinisch and Gerald Meerschaert. Heinisch enters the bout on the back of a unanimous decision loss to Omari Akhmedov, while Meerschaert comes into the contest on the back of a submission victory over the highly-touted Derron Winn.
UFC 250 – Live – 01:58am – Cody Stamann gets the nod
Cody Stamann has just put on a phenomenal performance against Brian Kelleher, defeating ‘Boom’ via unanimous decision. The victory was made even more impressive by the fact Stamann was dealing with the recent death of his 18-year-old brother.
What a display of character from him.
UFC 250 Live: Cody Stamann attempts to teep Brian Kelleher away
UFC 250 Live – 01:49am – We head to the final round
Round three of a thoroughly entertaining bantamweight bout is upon us. The first two were very tough to score. But if I had to, I’d say Stamann has won both rounds.
UFC 250 Live – 01:37am – A sad backdrop to this fight
Cody Stamman will be fighting with a heavy heart following the tragic death of his younger brother. He’s showing immense resolve and mental toughness to be compete during this horrendous time for his family.
UFC 250 Live – 01:23am – We move to the bantamweight division
Up next is a men’s bantamweight bout between Brian Kelleher and Cody Stamann. Kelleher has performed a quick turnaround to take this fight, with his last outing taking place less than a month ago at UFC 249.
Let’s see if the dynamite can go ‘Boom’ for the second pay-per-view card in a row.
UFC 250 Live: Maki Pitolo lands a huge left elbow on Charles Byrd
UFC 250 Live – 01:18am – Pitolo shoots down the Byrd
Maki Pitolo has just made the perfect middleweight debut by taking out the durable Charles Byrd. Pitolo hurt Byrd with a series of nasty body shots and elbows before finishing him off with some ground and pound.
A stellar performance from the Hawaiian, who physically great at 185lbs.
UFC 250 Live – 01:04am – Middleweights on deck
Up next is a middleweight bout between Charles Byrd and Maki Pitolo, the latter of whom is making his debut in the middleweight division. Byrd’s latest outing will be his fourth in mixed martial arts’ premier promotion.
UFC 250 Live: Alex Perez lands a big right hand on Jussier Formiga
UFC 250 Live – 00:46am – Alex Perez has just made a statement
Alex Perez has just sent out a statement to the rest of the men’s flyweight division. Perez just took out the No.4 ranked Formiga with a vicious barrage of calf kicks.
You don’t get many leg kick finishes in the UFC. In fact, Perez’s is the seventh in the history of the promotion.
UFC 250 Live – 00:30am – Menifield is undefeated no more!
Alonzo Menifield has just had his undefeated record taken from him by Devin Clark, who battled through early adversity to claim a huge unanimous decision victory, which came courtesy of 30-27, 29-28, 29-28 scorecards.
UFC 250 Live: Devin Clark lands a big overhand right on Alonzo Menifield
UFC 250 LIVE – 00:27am – What a fight!
As expected, Alonzo Menifield vs Devin Clark was an absolute backburner. I gave Menifield the first round and Clark the second and the third.
Let’s see if the judges agree with me and if Menifield’s undefeated record falls by the wayside.
UFC 250 LIVE – 00:11am – We’re live, folks!
UFC 250 is well underway, ladies and gentlemen. Featherweight prospect Herbert Burns has already made light of veteran Evan Dunham, submitting him with a beautiful first-round rear-naked choke.
Currently underway is a light-heavyweight bout between Alonzo Menifield and Devin Clark. I don’t foresee this one going the distance.
UFC 250 Live: Herbert Burns celebrates his victory over Evan Dunham
UFC 250 odds (courtesy of Ohmbet)
Amanda Nunes vs Felicia Spencer – Nunes: 2/9 – Spencer: 7/2
Cody Garbrandt vs Raphael Assuncao – Garbrandt: 5/8 – Assuncao: 5/4
Aljamain Sterling vs Cory Sandhagen – Sterling: 87/100 – Sandhagen: 10/11
Tony Martin vs Neil Magny – Sterling: 11/10 – Magny: 7/10
Eddie Wineland vs Sean O’Malley – 15/4 – O’Malley: 19/100
UFC 250 Live: Cody Garbrandt vs Raphael Assuncao serves as UFC 250’s co-main event
UFC 250 fight card
Amanda Nunes vs Felicia Spencer (women’s featherweight title fight)
Rafael Assuncao vs Cody Garbrandt (men’s bantamweight bout)
Aljamain Sterling vs Cory Sandhagen (men’s bantamweight bout)
Neil Magny vs Anthony Rocco Martin (welterweight bout)
Eddie Wineland vs Sean O’Malley (men’s bantamweight bout)
Alex Caceres vs Chase Hooper (men’s featherweight bout)
Iain Heinisch vs Gerald Meerschaert (middleweight bout)
Cody Stamann vs Brian Kelleher (men’s featherweight bout)
Charles Byrd vs Maki Pitolo (middleweight bout)
Alex Perez vs Jussier Formiga (men’s flyweight bout)
Alonzo Menifield vs Devin Clark (light-heavyweight bout)
Evan Dunham vs Herbert Burns (catchweight bout – 150lbs)