Felicia Spencer 'felt bad' leaving Invicta FC but couldn't decline UFC Rochester spot

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Felicia Spencer was expecting to defend her Invicta FC women’s featherweight title at least once before moving to the UFC. That’s not how it played out, though.

And now she’s set to enter the octagon for the first time Saturday at UFC on ESPN+ 10.

Spencer (6-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) said she was in the midst of talks with Invicta FC boss Shannan Knapp about setting up a title defense when the narrative changed and she was offered a matchup with Megan Anderson (9-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC). The UFC has always been the long-term goal, and although her timeline was sooner than anticipated, the only option in her mind was to accept.

“(Knapp) asked if I was ready and I said, ‘Yeah, if that’s something you’re OK with,'” Spencer told MMA Junkie. “I’m so appreciative of Invicta that I kind of almost felt bad, like, ‘I just won the title, you don’t want me to defend it?’ But I definitely want to fight in the UFC, so I can’t say no to that.”

Spencer, 28, thought her UFC debut would come later in the year, but here she is. She meets Anderson at Blue Cross Arena in a fight that streams on ESPN+.

For Spencer, there are few fights that are more logical for her first UFC appearance. Anderson held Invicta FC’s 145-pound belt prior to Spencer, so the matchup pits two former champions against one another.

“It’s the one that makes sense,” Spencer said. “I know a lot of people who follow Invicta are excited for this. It’s one that’s definitely been brewing for a while.”

Fighting for the Invicta FC belt would’ve been high stakes, but now those stakes are arguably greater. With the weight class essentially baron of challenger for champ Amanda Nunes outside of Cris Cyborg, Spencer said she could realistically see the matchup with Anderson as a title eliminator.

Spencer said her dream scenario is to beat Anderson in less than two minutes to quickly make her mark on the big stage. That’s a big goal to set for herself, but given her skillset, Spencer said she believes it’s possible.

“I’m very well rounded so I have the advantage in being able to take the fight where I want it,” Spencer said. “I can keep it standing, I can take it to the ground. I’ve won a lot on the ground. I feel I’m more dynamic in that way. But there’s nothing to sleep on with her ability and what we haven’t seen yet, because we haven’t seen a whole lot.”

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