What’s next for Norma Dumont after the victory over Felicia Spencer?
Norma Dumont just had the most impressive performance of her young mixed martial arts career at UFC Vegas 27.
After being knocked out by Megan Anderson on her promotional debut, she won her last two consecutive games against Ashlee Evans-Smith and former Invicta champion, as well as former UFC title challenger Felicia Spencer.
It might just have been a split decision victory, but it was his real exit party.
Spencer was the No.1 contestant at 145 pounds, she had only ever lost to the two female GOATS, Cris Cyborg and Amanda Nunes, and she was a big favorite to come.
Now Dumont has put his name on the other side of Spencer’s record, which makes things pretty bright for this Brazilian prospect.
After the biggest victory of her career, what is the next step for Norma Dumont?
Well, she said she wanted to get back to bantamweight where she started her career.
Her first four fights were contested at 135 pounds, the fourth of which came against longtime veteran former NCE flyweight champion Mariana Morais. Then came his UFC debut, a featherweight fight, before descending to bantamweight for the Evans-Smith fight.
Dumont ran out of weight by 3.5 lbs for that meet and was forced back to 145 lbs. Now she feels she has the tools to reduce weight properly and effectively.
Honestly though, after a great win like her, who wouldn’t want to see a rematch between her and Anderson?
Anderson just suffered a first-round submission loss to UFC bantamweight and featherweight champion Amanda Nunes, but before that there were two incredibly impressive first-round finishes, one of which was against Dumont.
Anderson was taller than her, 6 “with a reach of 72”, while Dumont is 5’7 “with a reach of 67”, but she is no longer making her UFC debut, she is so much better than she is. ‘she was only in February of last year when she fought Anderson for the first time.
Why not take a chance to avenge your only career loss before taking control of another division?
That being said, should she drop back down to 135 pounds, who should she face?
If Dumont is aiming for a title, either weight class works, as the champion holds both belts.
However, the featherweight would be a much shorter path to the title. For example, if she plays with Anderson again, she will be awarded a title shot at 145 pounds indefinitely. Getting back down to 135 lbs will take a little more work.
Not much more though, Nunes has cleaned up this division as well, there aren’t many new faces for her.
In fact, there’s a new face, the next bantamweight title challenger, The Ultimate Fighter 18 winner Julianna Pena, who has only won once in a row to get a title shot.
But back to the subject … If Dumont had to come back down, who should she fight?
There are a lot of big names for her here.
From former UFC champion and multi-time world champion boxer Holly Holm, to multi-time kickboxing world champion Germaine de Randamie, to other great forwards like Bea Malecki and Irene Aldana.
There is also former amateur boxer Pannie Kianzad, there is fellow prodigy Macy Chiasson, there are a lot of great fights that could be done.
Randamie and Holm’s fights would have to wait until Dumont fights and wins at least once at 135 pounds, but honestly, she could fight either one or the other at 145 pounds as well, as both have changed weight divisions.
Aldana takes on Yana Kunitskaya at UFC 264 and Chiasson takes on Aspen Ladd at UFC Fight Night 193.
If either of them wins, they would make a great next opponent for Dumont.
Finally, there are two left that would make some great fights with that beautiful striking Brazilian feel, and it’s her against ultra-durable Raquel Pennington or 3-0 professional kickboxer Julija Stoliarenko, another former Invicta champion.
Who would you like to see Norma Dumont face next?