UFC title contender abruptly retires from MMA to preserve ‘mental health’

This is a wrap.

Felicia Spencer, the UFC women’s featherweight title contender, just weeks after her third-round clash over Lea Letson at UFC Vegas 42, announced her retirement from MMA, citing maintaining her mental health.

Spencer turned 31 just last week.

“I made the decision to give up my fighting career, if you’d like to call it a career, I’d call it more opportunity, and I’m done pursuing that opportunity,” Spencer told Fight Bananas. “I’m really happy with where I left off and everything I did. For me and my personal decisions and everything, it’s time to do it, and part of the big reason is just to let everyone know that nothing happened to me, it’s just me and my family.”

Spencer went undefeated in Invicta FC, earning a division title along the way. Her UFC record (3-3) reflects a pair of decision losses for Cris Cyborg and Amanda Nunes, two of the greatest fighters in cage fighting history, along with a light defeat to Norma Dumont last May.

“Mental health has always been a big, big factor, and I’ve always imagined not being a stuck fighter for longer than I should,” Spencer continued. “Even though I feel at my best ever, I feel like it’s time for me. I’m not interested in fighting more wars, I’m happy with where I left my career. So, that’s it for me guys.”

Spencer finished 9-3 with seven layovers over six years as a professional. “Feenom” also had five wins in six amateur circuit fights – including a decision victory over UFC bantamweight Macy Chiasson – from 2012 to 2015.

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