Former UFC featherweight title challenger Felicia Spencer has announced her retirement from MMA after 12 pro fights.
Spencer, 31, declared the end of her MMA career in a recent interview with David Van Auken of Fight Bananas.
“I started all this in my early 20’s and told myself I wanted to be done by age 30,” said Spencer.
Spencer fought six times in the UFC, being one of the few competitors at their women’s featherweight class. She joined the roster in 2019 after fighting six times in Invicta FC and becoming their 145-pound champ.
Spencer fought for a UFC title in 2020, going five rounds against Amanda Nunes for a decision loss.
Her last fight was a third-round stoppage victory over Leah Letson last month.
Spencer has decided to leave the sport of MMA to preserve her health.
“I felt as good as I’ve ever been in my last fight, and know I could have more great performances,” said Spencer. “But after 18 fights, including a few wars, I know in my heart for my future mental health that I shouldn’t be in more of those wars.”
The retirement of Spencer brings UFC’s women’s featherweight roster down to just eight fighters, making it the smallest roster in the promotion currently.