After suggesting the date and opponent for her UFC return, Cris Cyborg has seemingly got exactly what she asked for.
In news first reported by ESPN's Brett Okamoto, Cyborg will likely take on Felicia Spencer in the co-main event of UFC 240. The bout isn't yet officially signed but has been offered to both sides. In the initial report, UFC President Dana White gave ESPN a comment regarding the potential fight:
"I'm excited about this Edmonton card. Max Holloway vs. Frankie Edgar is a great main event, and now we have Cris Cyborg vs. Felicia Spencer in the co-main event. Felicia is undefeated at 7-0, a former Invicta world champion, coming off a very impressive first-round finish over a top 3-ranked Megan Anderson. I can't wait for this fight."
The long-time face of the Women's Featherweight division, Cyborg last fought in December 2018, losing for the first time since her professional debut. The defeat occurred in dramatic fashion too, being stopped by Amanda Nunes in just 51 seconds. That result made Nunes a double-champion while also removing Cyborg from her pedestal after a long reign of dominance. She now looks to rebuild, heading to Spencer's home-country for a must-win affair.
Far less pressure will be on the undefeated Spencer though, entering the biggest fight of her life as a likely sizable underdog. Nonetheless, 'Feenom' has certainly been impressive in her young career thus far, capturing the Invicta FC Featherweight crown and most recently, submitting Megan Anderson in her UFC debut. With that being said, this will obviously be a major step up for the Canadian contender.
UFC 240 takes place at the Rogers Place on July 27th and will air on ESPN+ PPV. The event is currently headlined by Max Holloway's Featherweight Title defence against Frankie Edgar.