Raquel Pennington


Loses opponent for UFC 243
September 27, 2019
Pennington is now without an opponent for UFC 243 in Melbourne after Holly Holm withdrew due to an undisclosed injury, Ariel Helwani of ESPN.com reports.
This disappointing turn of events leaves Pennington without an opportunity to atone for her loss to Holm at UFC 184 back in 2015. It is unclear how long Holm will be sidelined or if Pennington will get a new opponent in Melbourne. Thus, there is a lot of uncertainty in her immediate future.
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Gets rematch with Holm
August 7, 2019
Pennington will take on Holly Holm in a bantamweight matchup at UFC 243 on Oct. 5 in Melbourne, Australia, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
The fight not only pins two veterans of the sport up against each other, but Pennington will surely have revenge on her mind come October after falling to Holm all the way back in 2015 at UFC 184. She dropped a split decision in what was Holm's UFC debut, getting narrowly outlanded 40-to-44. While the two are clearly different fighters this time around, that type of volume doesn't necessarily bode well for fantasy scoring. Since that fight four years ago, Pennington has gone 5-2 in fights under the UFC banner, including a four-fight winning streak. Most recently, she defeated Irene Aldana via split decision at UFC on ESPN 4 in July. Both have matchups on the their resume against the female GOAT Amanda Nunes -- Holm is looking to bounce back from a first-round loss in July, while Pennington accrued 64 significant strikes and a takedown before falling to Nunes in the fifth round. Statistically, Pennington has the edge in striking volume, while Holm takes less damage due to her ability to maintain distance. Pennington poses more of an offensive wrestling threat, but Holm's 79 percent takedown defense is nothing to be ashamed of.
Huge bounceback win
July 20, 2019
Pennington defeated Irene Aldana via split decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29) at UFC San Antonio on Saturday.
While she entered as a betting underdog, Pennington was the more effective striker in the majority of this contest and ended up doing just enough to earn the favor of the judges. She made Aldana swing and miss countless times in a round she pretty clearly won, and showed a good chin in the second when Aldana landed a big right hand early. Heading into the third, Aldana was wearing most of the damage, and Pennington was aggressive with a successful takedown early. Aldana threw up multiple hail-mary submissions from her back, but Pennington showed better Fight IQ by patiently defending them and essentially sitting on top of her opponent, which may have been what leaned the judges in her direction. It was a big win for Pennington, who snapped a two-fight losing streak and showed she still deserves the division's top contenders.
Booked in San Antonio
May 17, 2019
Pennington will take on Irene Aldana in a bantamweight matchup at UFC San Antonio on July 20, Alexander K. Lee of MMAFighting.com reports.
Pennington is coming off a pair of losses to a current and former champion, but she's consistent competed against the elite tier of bantamweight fighters in the UFC. Aldana will be her next target after picking up her third win in a row at UFC 237. Pennington will give up a small amount in height and reach to Aldana, who is the older fighter by just over five months. Aldana throws a much higher volume of strikes, though Pennington has a superior striking differential (significant strikes landed minus significant strikes absorbed).
Struggles continue with loss to Germaine de Randamie Saturday
November 10, 2018
Pennington lost to Germaine de Randamie via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 27-30) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Denver.
After missing weight by two pounds on Friday, Pennington's poor weekend continued. Realizing she had no chance in the striking exchanges between the two women, Pennington attempted to close the distance. The end result was "Rocky" failing on all eight of her takedown attempts and a clear cut loss. She fought Amanda Nunes for the UFC Women's Bantsamweight Championship in May, but Pennington didn't deserve that opportunity and she now finds herself as nothing more than an afterthought in the division less than six months later.
Fails to make weight for UFC Denver
November 9, 2018
Pennington came in two pounds too heavy for her bantamweight matchup against Germaine de Randamie on Friday, MMAFighting.com reports.
Pennington waited until the very end of her allotted time to make her attempt but failed to reach her goal. She reportedly was battling a thyroid issue which interfered with her weight cut. It remains to be seen if the match will proceed as scheduled and how much Pennington will be fined.