Sean Spencer (not to be confused with Shawn Spencer of Psych fame) made his debut in the UFC against Rafael Natal at UFC on Fox 6. Although that fight did not go the way he had hoped it would, he made an impressive enough showing that there is plenty of reason to believe he has a future in the largest promotion in the sport.
Spencer took the fight with less than two weeks notice, agreeing to face a much larger and more experienced fighter in Natal. Though he was fighting outside of his natural weight class, he hung tough with his bigger foe before ultimately falling short in the third. A return to welterweight with a full training camp will give a much better indication of what he is capable of.
This past week, the Octagon MMA fighter out of Dallas was in Las Vegas and stopped by the Mayweather Boxing Club. Since Jeff Mayweather has become quite known recently for improving the boxing skills of MMA fighters, it only made sense to get in some work with him. So along with King Mo and Roy Nelson who were also there working with Jeff, Spencer got in some padwork. Jeff Mayweather, who had no idea who Spencer was prior to the visit was impressed with what he saw.
“You have serious power just have to turn those punches over then you will have some short nights. It was my pleasure,” Jeff Mayweather said to Sean in a Twitter exchange.
Based on the visible improvements to the striking of both King Mo and Nelson, even a short time together should help Sean Spencer going forward in his career.
Additionally, he was able to get in some work on his wrestling and Roy Nelson spent a little time going over technique and strategies with him. It remains to be seen if Sean Spencer will be around for the long haul in the UFC, but those around him seem to think he has the goods to perform at the highest levels of MMA. His willingness to learn as well as take on any challenge at any time or weight also bode well for his future.