Raquel Pennington
Rocky

USA

Takes decision from Pannie Kianzad
BantamweightUFC
September 18, 2021
Pennington defeated Pannie Kianzad via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Fresh off a six-month PED ban, Pennington started slowly before beginning to find her range. She ultimately out landed Kianzad by a 98-85 count, although there is a real case to be made that the latter landed the more damaging shots throughout the course of the bout. That said, this is exactly how Pennington has to fight in order to be successful. She has very little stopping power in her hands and is a below average athlete, so she will have to rely on grit, toughness, and volume on the feet in order to emerge victorious. Pennington, outside of a fluky win over Miesha Tate in late 2016, has always struggled against better competition and there's no real reason to expect that to change at age 33. "Rocky" should continue to find herself on the fringes of the top-15 at 135 pounds.
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Set for September bout
BantamweightUFC
July 5, 2021
Pennington will fight Pannie Kianzad on September, according to a report from Farah Hannoun of MMAJunkie.com.
ANALYSIS
Following a six-month ban after Pennington tested positive for a pair of banned substances in 7-keto-DHEA and AOD-9064, she's ready to get back to the octagon. She was won two of her last three fights. The venue for this fight is yet to be announced, but it will be held on September 18.
Hit with PED ban
BantamweightUFC
January 28, 2021
Pennington was suspended six months for violating UFC's Anti-Doping policy Thursday, Aaron Bronsteter of TSN.ca reports.
ANALYSIS
Pennington tested positive for a pair of banned substances in 7-keto-DHEA and AOD-9064. She self-reported the issue after being prescribed both by a doctor to treat a medical condition. That report appears to have reduced the length of her ban. While she'll technically be sidelined for six months, that period is backdated to Nov. 17, the date she tested positive, so she has less than four months remaining until she can fight again in mid-April.
Could be facing suspension
BantamweightUFC
January 28, 2021
Pennington is anticipating a potential suspension for violating the UFC's anti-doping policy, she revealed on her personal Twitter page Thursday.
ANALYSIS
Pennington got out ahead of any potential punishment by giving her side of the story, saying that she took medication to treat a medical condition before thinking to check their status with the UFC. She then voluntarily reached out to the UFC to report the issue and stopped taking the medication. Whether or not USADA considers that sufficient reason not to issue a suspension remains to be seen.
Easily gets by Marion Reneau
BantamweightUFC
June 20, 2020
Pennington defeated Marion Reneau via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
It was a competent effort by Pennington against a fading opponent. She easily handled Reneau in tight and along the fence and was the much more effective striker, racking up a 107-46 edge in significant strikes landed. Virtually all of Reneau's offense was one-and-done. Pennington is in a difficult spot moving forward despite Saturday's strong effort. She won't overwhelm her opposition with athleticism and has very little stopping power (one career knockout) in her hands. Pennington won't beat herself inside the Octagon, but she clearly isn't on the same level as the top fighters in the division. "Rocky" has alternated wins and losses in her past four bouts.
Agrees to June 20 fight
BantamweightUFC
May 20, 2020
Pennington is slated to square off against Marion Reneau in a bantamweight matchup on June 20, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Coming off of a rather uneventful loss to Holly Holm and defeats in three of her last four bouts, Pennington will return to the Octagon looking to get back on the winning track. Next on the list is another fighter in Reneau who has struggled as of late, going home with a loss via unanimous decision in each of her last two. The difference is that all three of the losses Pennington sustained have been against former champions or title contenders. Pennington is actually on the short end of the striking numbers when comparing the two women, but she does have an advantage in the grappling department. She's recorded at least one takedown in five of her last six fights, and the 42-year-old Reneau defends takedowns at just a 51 percent clip.