Raquel Pennington


Easily gets by Marion Reneau
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.
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.
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Agrees to June 20 fight
May 20, 2020
Pennington is slated to square off against Marion Reneau in a bantamweight matchup on June 20, MMAJunkie.com reports.
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.
Drops snoozer to Holly Holm
January 18, 2020
Pennington lost to Holly Holm via unanimous decision (27-30, 28-29, 27-30) at UFC 246 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
In a fight in which neither woman did much of anything, Pennington got the worse of it. She spent the vast majority of the bout being controlled by Holm in the clinch up against the fence and that limited Pennington's ability to land any offense of note. Pennington is limited athletically with very little stopping power in her hands and she simply doesn't possess the offensive arsenal to do damage to her opposition in a short amount of time. Once Pennington dropped the first two rounds on the judge's scorecards, she was essentially done. Pennington is now 1-3 in her last four fights dating back to May 2018 and the one victory was a split decision triumph over Irene Aldana. Pennington is just 31 years of age but her future is bleak. There just isn't much to work with here.
Fight with Holm back on
December 2, 2019
Pennington's original bout with Holly Holm has been rescheduled to Jan. 18 at UFC 246 in Las Vegas, Mike Bohn of mmajunkie.com reports.
Pennington will indeed get her chance to fight against Holm after the two were originally set to square up in Melbourne at UFC 243 back in October but Holm had to withdraw due to a torn hamstring she had suffered in September. The two fighters met back in February of 2015 at UFC 184 in which Pennington won the match by a split-decision. Pennington seems to have the upper-hand in this one as she is younger in age, isn't coming off an injury and also won her last fight back in July. Holm is out with a vengeance looking to prove that she still belongs in consideration with some of the top fighters today. This should set up to be quite the entertaining rematch in just about six weeks.
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.
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.