by Dane McGuire
One-time UFC women’s featherweight title challenger Felicia Spencer has issued a statement
confirming her retirement from MMA.
Spencer said in a statement to FightBananas.com:
“I have decided to stop pursuing this opportunity and have no intention to continue fighting,”
Spencer said in the statement. “I felt as good as I’ve ever been in my last fight, and know I could
have more great performances, but after 18 fights, including a few ‘wars,’ I know in my heart for
my future mental health that I shouldn’t be in more of those wars.
“In the fight game that isn’t guaranteed, and I’ve shown myself that I won’t give up in the cage,
so I need to protect myself by just not stepping in there. I’m thinking about myself and family 25
years from now. Mental health is an important consideration in my family.”
Spencer, who spent the majority of her career with the all-female Invicta FC beginning in 2015
went 9-3 overall, including a 7-0 run in the promotion to earn her UFC debut.
Spencer would win the Invicta FC featherweight title but would be called up to the UFC prior to
defending her championship.
Spencer would submit fellow former Invicta FC featherweight champion, Meagan Anderson in
her debut but would then fall come up short in a hard-fought decision loss to Cris Cyborg.
‘Feebom’ most recently earned a third-round TKO stoppage win over Leah Letson on November
After the victory, Spencer said:
“I’m definitely happy to have a finish. It’s been a while,” Spencer said at a post-fight news
conference. “I was ready for it. I always hope or expect myself to finish sooner, but I knew Leah
was extremely tough, durable, and has heart, so I was ready for a three-round war as much as I
don’t want to be in a war. I’d much rather dominate.”
“I expected to fight Leah at some point, and she’s checked off the list,” Spencer said. “I’m just
happy with that performance overall. I’m excited about the division. I’m glad there are things
rolling. It’ll be fun to see what happens with the division.”
We wish Felicia Spencer all the best in her endeavors.
There is no word as of yet what those endeavors might be.