Felicia “Fee-nom” Spencer

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Felicia "Fee-Nom" Spencer

Taking part in the Tuff N Uff / Invicta Tournament beginning November 7, 2014, Felicia will fighting for the lightweight (155lb) women's division in which the winner of this 4 person tournament will receive a contract to Invicta Fighting Championships. 

Felicia Spencer is a 3-1 amatuer fighter hailing from Florida (The Jungle MMA) and has high hopes to compete at a higher level and eventually turn professional in which this tournament allows her the opportunity to fight for a contract in the largest women's only MMA promotion in the world. With an initial leap into Tae-Kwon Do as a kid, she eventually got involved in the mainstream form of MMA through The Jungle MMA, leveling her out as a well-rounded fighter in Kickboxing/Muay Thai, wrestling, and MMA in general. Let's take some time to learn more about this Fighter on the Rise!

 

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Special thanks to All-Star photographer, Dan Abrante, who upon my asking if he had any images of her, drove to Felicia's gym and took photos whilst she was training for us!


Early Life:

 

Tell us a bit about yourself, where did you grow up and what was life like growing up? (Family, school, friends)

I grew up in Englewood- a small town in SW Florida. My family (parents and two older brothers) is very hard-working, so I am grateful to have been brought up working hard at everything.  I’ll admit that I've always been a “nerd” too. 

 

Were you involved in any sports as a youth in or outside of school?

I liked playing any sport, and did a year of track and field as a freshman, and swimming as a senior.  Otherwise I was busy doing Tae Kwon Do from when I was kid.  I used to regret not doing other sports in school, but later I realized that the time and energy I put into my passion paid off for me in big ways.  

 

What is your favorite child-hood memory? 

I loved any time I spent with my older brother, Derek; we were very close growing up.  We always had fun and came up with crazy games, built forts, and other shenanigans.  

 

Any interesting child-hood stories and/or fun facts?

I was kind of a dare-devil as a small child.  I would climb any tree or jump from any height with no second thoughts- much to the dismay of my mom.   


Getting involved in MMA:

 

How did you get involved?

I started doing Tae Kwon Do as a kid with my brothers.  My instructor, Derrick Maretti, liked mixing in some different styles and ideas, so we practiced a little bit of Brazilian JiuJitsu.  When I was a little older, I starting taking the (adult) BJJ classes at the dojo with my instructor Robbie Craddock.  When I moved to Orlando for college, I started training at Mike Lee’s gym (The Jungle MMA), where I really started getting involved in kickboxing/Muay Thai, wrestling, and MMA. 


What discipline did you begin with and care to share a bit about your early experiences learning the sport(s)? 

As mentioned, my exposure to different martial arts was gradual, and I feel lucky to have a varied background.  I am also a long time instructor in both TKD and BJJ/MMA for kids.  I helped teach kids TKD at Superkids (Englewood, FL) from the time I was 13 until I was 18, and started teaching the kids program at The Jungle MMA about 4 years ago. 

 

At what point did you know you were ready to step in the cage for the first time?

I competed in my first grappling tournament when I was 17, and did them consistently from there.  When I was training in the various disciplines of MMA, my instructors asked me about my interest and I was immediately interested.  My first scheduled fight was in the fall of 2010, but it fell through, and I wasn't able to get a fight until August 2012.

 

When the cage locked behind you in your first fight, can you recall what went through your mind? How did your first fight turn out?

I was confident, but I felt a lot of pressure.  The build-up to the fight was long, everyone around me at the gym was pumped about the fight that was such a long time coming, and they had high expectations (just as I had) of myself.  But when it is just me staring across the cage to her, and it’s go time, I feel like an animal ready to pounce.  My first fight was lackluster, and the judges saw the bout a split decision in her favor.  I was happy to hear the crowd disagree, but I did take away a lot from that fight, win or lose.   

 

What are 3 things you've learned while being involved in this sport?

1)  Trust your training- If you’ve prepared hard, trust it and just do your thing.

2) Thank your training partners and coaches often- you can learn from all of them and without each of them; you wouldn’t be where you are.

3) Everybody loves a good walk-out song. 

 

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Current:

 

What gym are you currently fighting out of?

I fight out of The Jungle MMA in Orlando, FL.

 

What is your current record (ammy/pro) and at what weight?

My ammy record is 3-1, I’ve aimed to fight at 155, but I’ve done two catch weights higher as well. 

 

Do you currently have a nickname in this sport? If so, what is it and why? 

Yes, it’s Fee-Nom.  Around the gym I got the nickname Fee, and after my third fight my friend Bruno congratulated me saying I did “Fee-nominal,” and then it stuck.  

 

If you could improve one aspect of your game, what would it be and why?

I feel that I am a well-rounded fighter, but never feel satisfied with my skill level in any area. There is always room to improve.  If I had to pick one thing now, I would say my power punching- I feel that I have knockout power but haven’t proven it to myself in the cage. It would be great to show that in a fight.  

 

What is your most memorable experience as an MMA fighter?

Each fight is special and memorable, but my last fight with Macy Chaisson in New Orleans comes to mind.  I learned a lot about myself as a fighter, and worked through a tough first round with Macy.  I made adjustments and played my game feeling confident.  Looking back on that fight has taught me more than the other fights for sure.  Not to mention the fact that I got an opportunity to travel to New Orleans to fight! 

 

Any interesting stories to share or learning experiences whilst fighting you would like to share?

Back before my first fight my friend and training partner, Jamie Moyle, and I did a half-time show for an Orlando Predators football game.  I went on the radio to promote a “fight” with radio personality Drunky the Bear, who went on and on about how no woman can beat a man in a fight, and saying all sorts of funny sexist jokes (mostly pertaining to the kitchen).  Long story short, we had an exhibition, all in good fun, for the half time show and we put it on Drunky the Bear. The crowd was awesome, and the experience was unforgettable!  (And on YouTube!)

 

If you could offer one bit of advice to an aspiring fighter what would it be?

Don’t be afraid to lose, especially in the gym.  If you treat every roll or sparring match like a fight, you won’t take the risk of trying out new techniques.  You have to be willing to try new things and fail over and over in order to become better.  

 

Would you like to give a shout out to any sponsors individuals who have supported you?

I’ve had a ton of support recently from realtor Audrey Smith, Tu Mobile, my family and coaches at The Jungle MMA and so many people I train with have been very generous in helping me get out to Las Vegas for this fight!  I’m very touched by everyone’s support!



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Future:

 

What are your goals for the future in the sport?

I will always train for the love of training. My dream is of course to win every fight and take this journey as far as possible.  

 

What are your thoughts on the current state of the sport and where it's headed?

I know there are people who don’t like the “oversaturation” of mma, but to me, it’s like any sport.  People will find personalities they like and follow, and it doesn’t mean every fan has to follow every fight.  The playing field being bigger has granted more opportunities for fighters.  Obviously I am excited about all the new opportunities for women in Invicta FC, UFC, and Bellator. 

 

If you could change one thing in the sport, what would it be?

It’s never going to be perfect, but first thing that comes to mind is the perception of the sport in the mainstream.

 

Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?

Training and teaching MMA, with a championship belt!

 

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Fun Facts:

 

Favorite Food/Dish:

I love grilled chicken wraps/sandwiches with honey mustard- and sweet potato fries, with honey mustard!

 

Favorite type of Music:

Oldies!

 

Favorite Movie:

Super Troopers


Favorite TV Show:

The Daily Show, South Park, Masterchef


Favorite Quote:

“Don’t taze me, bro!”


Do you have any children? Do you plan on having any/more?:

No children, but one day!  

 

Best day of your life:

I guess that would be the day I got my own washing machine.  

 

Interesting/Unknown Fact about yourself: 

I am Canadian- born in Montreal.  

 

Favorite Hobbies: 

Kicking Heads

Sudoku

Laundry

Cooking


Who is your favorite super hero and why?  

Black Mamba (Uma Thurman from Kill Bill), might not be a “super hero” but she is a BAMF none can deny.  
…or Martha Stewart- she has super woman skills.

 

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Contact:

 

Facebook Page/Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/Feesha479

 

Instragram: @Feesha479

 

Manager Contact (for sponsorship/fight inquiries): John Morehouse, The Jungle MMA   (407) 601-5425

 

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About the Photographer

"I'm starting up a website, where I want to capture Amatuer and Professional fighters during those memorable moments that are missed while preparing for fights. Capturing that moment on fight night while they are getting their hands wrapped and everything in between, leading up to them walking out of the cage, as well as post-fight; win, lose, or draw. I want to capture those memorable moments for both fighters and fans on their journey. Website coming soon, "whoshotyou.com" – Helping fighters get exposure through photos!"

-Dan Abrante

Jason Przewoznik is the owner of KnockoutLounge.com. KnockoutLounge.com was created to provide a haven for up and coming Mixed Martial Artists to share their stories and their careers with the fans; Supporting ALL fighters on the rise in a not-for-profit community.
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