Raquel Pennington


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).
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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.
To fight Germaine de Randamie in Denver
August 9, 2018
Pennington will face off against Germaine de Randamie in a bantamweight matchup on Nov. 10 at UFC Fight Night in Denver at Pepsi Center, Damon Martin of MMANYTT.com reports.
Pennington last competed in a May title matchup against Amanda Nunes, where she was competitive but ultimately fell in the fifth round via TKO. That loss snapped a four-fight winning streak, but she'll get an opportunity to bounce right back against the inaugural women's featherweight champion. That title comes with an asterisk, however, as De Randamie was eventually stripped of her belt and hasn't competed since February of 2017. Pennington will concede height and reach advantages to De Randamie, but she's been the more active fighter of late, and also holds statistical edges in both striking and takedown average.
Checks out in loss to Amanda Nunes Saturday
May 12, 2018
Pennington came up short in her quest for the UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship on Saturday, falling to Amanda Nunes via TKO (punches) at 2:36 of Round 5 at UFC 224 in Rio de Janeiro.
Given the opportunity of a lifetime, Pennington essentially quit. She literally told her corner at the end of Round 4 that she "was done." Outside of a major injury that we don't know about, that's an unacceptable thing to say, especially in a title fight. Her corner ended up sending her back out there despite the fact she was mentally checked out and that was their fault. Pennington's year and a half on the sidelines clearly didn't include lessons in how to defend leg kicks. Her lead leg was about eight different colors by the time Round 1 was complete and she was never able to recover. Pennington spent the entirety of the fight trying to counter Nunes' combinations and she wasn't able to do so. Giving up a massive amount of brute strength to Nunes, Pennington was never the ideal title challenger. She did the best she could but the gap was just too much for Rocky to close. A four-fight winning streak put her in position for this opportunity, but there was zero reason to believe she ever had a reasonable shot of winning here. She is going to catch a lot of flack for her actions. The potential is there for Pennington to have a swift, sudden fall from grace.
Early check-in with CABMMA required
May 7, 2018
Pennington has had her weight checked within the last three weeks by the Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission (CABMMA), Marc Raimondi of MMAFighting.com reports.
The Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission is following suit with the recent 10-point plan adopted by the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) to monitor any fighter that gains back more than 10 percent of their body weight between weigh-ins and fight night. Like her opponent Amanda Nunes, Pennington will be subjected to similar checks. Pennington hasn't necessarily had a recent history of weight cutting issues, but the check-in seems to suggest that she has weighed in higher than California's recommended 148.5 pounds (for bantamweights) on a past fight night. As a result, keep an eye out for both fighters during Friday morning's weight-in if you plan to use either in any fantasy format. Pennington is currently listed as the betting underdog for Saturday's main event, checking in a (+400) or greater in most sportsbooks.