Earlier this week we spoke to Invicta FC 155lb star Felicia Spencer. She talks about her Invicta debut, plans to make a return soon, her current number 9 ranking, the upcoming lightweight world title fight, Nunes VS Rousey, career beginnings, training at Jungle MMA, wanting to change peoples perception of women’s MMA and lots more.
Spencer begun fighting as an amateur back in 2012, finishing with the impressive record of 5-1-0, which includes three finishes. In 2015 premier women’s MMA organisation, Invicta FC picked Spencer up as part of the new 155lb lightweight division. In her pro debut Spencer got the round 1 TKO win over Rach Wiley after landing brutal elbows and punches. She hasn’t been seen since then but plans on making a return in 2017.
You can view the full transcript of the interview below.
The last time we seen you was at Invicta FC 14 back in September 2015 when you defeated Rach Wiley in your pro debut. What would you evaluate your performance in the fight?
I felt very comfortable in my fight with Wiley. I give every opponent their due respect, but I feel that I can find a way to win in any situation.
We haven’t seen you since then, where have you been?
I’ve been patiently waiting.
You are currently the number 9 ranked 155lb lightweight fighter in the world. Do you agree with your ranking?
It is a crazy thought that I am #9, I understand that the lightweight world is relatively small, and I do respect all of those ranked above me for their accomplishments, but I am confident that I can beat any of the girls ranked above me. There just isn’t a fighter like me on the list. I feel like the most well-rounded fighter in my division.
Are you hoping Invicta FC will sign more 155lb ladies and fully develop the division?
I’m sure they will, and I’ll be open to fighting the featherweight division as well to open more doors.
There has been a lot of drama in your division this year, with many high-profile public feuds between the likes of Jozette Cotton, Brittney Elkin and Sarah Patterson. What is your opinion on the whole thing?
I really have no idea what is going on there, other than some disagreements and hard headed people. But aren’t we all a little hard-headed? Who am I to judge?
Sarah Patterson is set to take on Tamikka Brents for the 155lb lightweight world championship on March 3rd 2017. How do you feel about this matchup, who will win?
it’s nice to see them get recognized, but the rankings will always show who the true champion is. Right now, neither one of them are truly #1. I really don’t know who I’d bet on.
A fight that everyone is talking about at the moment, this time next week when Ronda Rousey makes her return to take on Amanda Nunes. How do you see the fight going?
I see Ronda winning, but really who knows? It is an interesting fight for sure. Ronda seems motivated.
How did you first get into MMA?
My entrance into MMA was very gradual – I started doing TKD as a kid with my brothers, and then started BJJ when I was about 12. Until I was about 17-18 I had no interest in getting punched in the face! But, eventually I picked up kickboxing and Muay Thai, and when I was hooked and the transition to MMA was natural when I came to the Jungle MMA in 2009.
What’s your favourite thing about training with Jungle MMA?
The Jungle MMA in Orlando, Florida. I love training here because it is truly like a big family. The talent is high in all areas of the sport and the people aren’t just training partners – they are my friends.
Who is your biggest inspiration?
I find inspiration in many places – my family, my teammates – I always am inspired by the accomplishments of those I care about. The person that inspires me to be my best version of myself is my future husband, Todd.
Do you like to keep a fight standing or on the ground?
I am very comfortable standing or on the ground. I like to be dictating where the fight goes though for sure.
What does it mean for you to be a fighter?
Being a fighter is just one of the things that define me. Martial arts has been part of what I do on a regular basis for basically my entire life, so it’s just part of who I am.
What do you want to achieve by the end of 2017?
I see myself staying with Invicta and fighting there again soon. I plan to be both the #1 featherweight and lightweight in the world.
What do you want to be remembered for by the end of your career?
I want to be remembered as a force in this sport, and I want to be part of the change in perception that many have about WMMA.