After months of speculation, fight fans finally now know the real reason why red-hot featherweight prospect Felicia "Feenom" Spencer (4-0) didn't try out for season 28 of The Ultimate Fighter. The undefeated 27-year-old told James Lynch of MMA Oddsbreaker that she feels she can get called up to the UFC by winning a couple more fights this year under the Invicta FC banner, rather than going the "TUF" route.
Spencer, who fights Helena Kolesnyk (5-1) on July 21 in the co-main of Invicta FC 30, explained that she's looking to secure a UFC contract once she gets a couple more fights under her belt. The official plan? After Invicta FC 30, "Feenom" hopes to get one more Invicta FC fight in before the end of the year, while maintaining her unblemished record. Beating Kolesnyk and her to-be-determined end of year opponent would put Spencer exactly where she wants to be: 6-0 and within reach of a high-profile UFC opportunity.
Since the fights in the "TUF" house technically count as exhibition contests, being part of the "TUF 28" cast wouldn't have boosted Spencer's pro record. That's one of the reasons why she opted to stay home in Orlando -- training in MMA while continuing her day job as a teacher -- when the "TUF 28" casting call was announced in April.
Did she make the right decision? That remains to be seen, but plenty of fighters on the UFC roster found success after skipping the "TUF" house. For example, Claudia Gadelha and Paige VanZant both picked up big-money UFC contracts after missing out on "TUF 20." With the women's featherweight division being as young and undeveloped as it currently is, chances are Spencer make the right move by passing on "TUF 28."