UFC 239: Hollaway vs. Edgar took place July 27 at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Former UFC featherweight champion Cris Cyborg (21-2, 1 no-contest) squared off against Felicia Spencer (7-1) in the co-main event, which aired live on ESPN+ pay-per-view. Catch more video highlights below.
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Round 1: Yves Lavigne will oversee this bout. Spencer landing a counter early, but Cyborg unloads with a crisp combination ending in a body kick. The former champ throwing punches freely, but Spencer is defending well, looking for an opening to grapple. There appears to be a small cut between Cyborg’s eyes. Spencer goes in for a takedown and she has Cyborg pinned to the fence. Knee to the body by Cyborg and she spins out. Spencer is right there with her and she has Cyborg against the fence again. Cyborg lands a knee to the body, they separate, and Cyborg scores with a flurry of punches. Both fighters with blood on their faces. Leg kick has Spencer briefly stumbling. 1-2 lands for Cyborg. Spencer looking for the oblique kicks. Her lead leg is taking some damage. Cyborg’s boxing is giving Spencer problems. Takedown stuffed and Cyborg goes back on the offense with another short combo and a kick to the lead leg. Spencer not matching Cyborg’s volume. She ties her up against the fence again. Spencer in on a single leg. No go on the takedown. 10 seconds to go, Cyborg turns and lands a knee to Spencer’s stomach.
MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Cyborg.
Round 2: Cyborg with the leg kick. She goes high on the next one and Spencer catches it, she brings the action to the fence. Takedown blocked by Cyborg. Spencer resets and shoots in again. Ducking down, Spencer is trying to connect with upwards elbows. Superb balance by Cyborg as she refuses to give up the takedown. Cyborg briefly reverses positions, but Spencer out-muscles her. Not much offense either way, but Spencer is refusing to let Cyborg off the fence. Cyborg pushes forward and lands on top, she scores with ground-and-pound. Spencer kicks her off, but Cyborg isn’t letting up on the pressure. She jumps right into Spencer’s guard with a big punch. Spencer trying to isolate the arm as they’re almost in north-south position. Cyborg stepping over to break the hold and she’s out. They’re back on the feet with two minutes to go. Cyborg circling, taking her time, she’s cracking Spencer every time she comes in. Spencer lands a left hook. Kick is caught, but Spencer follows with a straight right that connects. Cyborg popping Spencer’s head back with a jab. She stuffs a takedown attempt and continues to fire the jab. Big Superman punch by Cyborg. Spencer with a head kick that partially connects.
MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Cyborg. Overall, 20-18 Cyborg.
Round 3: Spencer takes a leg kick, then lands a Superman punch of her own. She avoids a Cyborg flurry. Inside leg kick by Cyborg, there’s some color on Spencer’s leg. Jab is keeping Spencer at bay. Spencer with the outside leg kick now. Takedown from long range by Spencer and she eats a pair of knees to the body for her troubles. Fast hands by Cyborg, she’s landing combinations while Spencer can only connect with single strikes. Head kick misses and Cyborg responds with a counter-punch. Knees to the body as Spencer clinches up. Knee to the body and then a sharp elbow has Spencer hurt. Cyborg pressing in for the finish, but Spencer is able to get the clinch. Two minutes to go, roun dthree has been all Cyborg so far. The jab of Spencer falls short as Cyborg lands another leg kick. She backs Spencer up with a 1-2. Hard punch to the body by Cyborg. The attacks to the leg and body are taking their toll on Spencer. Cyborg just ripping the mid-section with punches now. Straight right lands clean for Cyborg. Body kick by Spencer. Cyborg opening up looking for the finish, but Spencer makes it to the final bell.
MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Cyborg. Overall, 30-27 Cyborg.
Official result: Cris Cyborg def. Felicia Spencer via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)