Ultimate Fighting Championship featherweight newcomer Felicia Spencer made a strong first impression at UFC Rochester this past Saturday by defeating former Invicta FC champion Megan Anderson via rear-naked choke inside the first frame.
Despite making her debut on the biggest mixed martial arts stage in the world, Spencer, a former Invicta featherweight champion herself, found that she was not overwhelmed with emotion. "As soon I was in the cage, you know, I knew it was my night because it felt right to be there," Spencer confessed on Ariel Helwani's MMA Show.
With the women's featherweight division still on the thin side, the undefeated Spencer admits that she entered the UFC anticipating a shorter path to gold, or at least to facing bigger name opponents like Cristiane Justino, who has already issued a challenge to the "Feenom."
"Well, I live in the real world and I knew this was coming. You know, of course, there [are] paths that would be different in different divisions, but I knew that once I got to the UFC and once I beat Megan that there would be, you know, one, two options for me. So, I'm ready for it. Obviously, I have to talk to the UFC about timing and the contractual things that go along with fighting Cris. But, you know, she's a legend, and I seem to rise to the occasion," said Spencer.
If her next fight is indeed against "Cyborg," Spencer will seek to renegotiate the terms of her contract. Having signed with the UFC under an "entry-level" agreement, Spencer concedes to wanting to be "smart about my next move." Helwani clarifies on Spencer's behalf that fighting the legendary Cyborg should certainly garner higher compensation. Spencer agrees, "not that I wouldn't do it just for the honor, but I know what I'm worth also."