Felicia Spencer returned to the winning column at UFC Vegas 42 after a lopsided performance against Leah Letson.
The former featherweight contender completely controlled Letson against the fence with her powerful clinch game, which included a barrage of punches and elbows. The fight luckily ended after Spencer finally secured a late takedown, which then led to some vicious pitch and pounding, with the referee eventually jumping to save Letson from further damage.
The stop happened at 4:25 in the third and final lap.
“Come back to where I’m most successful,” Spencer said of his strategy. “I was expecting a really tough opponent tonight and I definitely got him. I was surprised by his tenacity at all. I am always ready for a war.
Spencer wasted no time closing the distance and pressuring Letson against the cage as she worked for the teardown while planting the blows from the inside. Letson was strong with her takedown defense, but she was still stuck with Spencer keeping her trapped in the clinch.
Spencer was relentless as she continued to punish Letson with punches and elbows from the inside, which left the former Ultimate Fighter contender with blood streaming from her nose at the end of the first round.
There was no mystery in Spencer’s strategy as she continually bullied Letson around the cage as she worked on takedowns to apply her grappling game. Letson did a good job fending off Spencer’s fight, but she wasn’t doing much else to actually make a comeback.
At the end of the second round just before the horn sounded, Spencer hit Letson with a well-timed knee that sent her around the corner with even more confidence.
After countering a Letson pullout early in round three, Spencer has just started unloading with punches that could have earned him a finish. Letson sort of kept finding a way to survive, but she was just beaten up in every way during the fight.
Finally, with less than a minute remaining, Spencer got an out, moved on the mount and just started pounding with punches and elbows that left the referee no choice. than to stop the fight.
While the future of the UFC’s featherweight division remains a mystery, Spencer has proven that she is always going to be a dangerous outing for anyone at 145 pounds after scoring another impressive victory on Saturday in Las Vegas.