Raquel Pennington



Win streak hits four
April 9, 2022
Pennington defeated Aspen Ladd via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC 273 on Saturday in Jacksonville.
It was a typical Pennington fight in the sense that it quickly turned into a sloppy brawl. Both women were content at swinging wild haymakers at each other over the course of the first ten minutes, and there's zero doubt Raquel got the better of the action. She fired off considerably more volume than Ladd and was essentially only damaged on counter strikes. The tide turned in Round 3 when Aspen was able to get her grappling game going a bit, but Pennington had already done enough over the course of the first ten minutes to secure the victory. Raquel's long-term outlook is limited because she'll turn 34 years of age later this year, but it's impossible to argue with the results of late. Pennington has won four in a row and five of six dating back to July 2019.
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Joining UFC 273 card versus Ladd
March 26, 2022
Pennington will sub in to face Aspen Ladd on the UFC 273 card April 9 after Irene Aldana was forced to withdraw for an undisclosed reason, MMAFighting.com reports.
Pennington is coming off of three straight victories and will take her next fight on rather short notice looking to extend it to seven. Pennington holds an advantage of an inch of both reach and height over her opponent.
Taps out heavy opponent
December 18, 2021
Pennington defeated Macy Chiasson via submission (guillotine choke) at 3:07 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Pennington fights are rarely pretty, and this one was no exception. She struggled a bit with the physicality of Chiasson in Round 1, which isn't surprising since her opponent checked in 2.5 pounds overweight. Pennington began to land a bit more regularly on the feet in Round 2 before clamping on a quick 10-finger guillotine choke when Chiasson left her neck exposed. It didn't appear to be all that dangerous at first, but Chiasson tapped out almost immediately. Pennington's physical gifts are extremely limited, but she isn't going to beat herself and has fought a lot of top fighters in multiple weight classes. "Rocky" is 4-1 in her past five bouts dating back to July 2019.
Fight still on
December 17, 2021
Pennington will still face Macy Chiasson at UFC Vegas 45 on Saturday, Aaron Bronsteter of TSN.ca reports.
Pennington will receive a portion of Chiasson's purse as a result of Chiasson weighing in 2.5 pounds above the heavyweight limit. Pennington is a slight favorite ahead of Saturday's fight.
Opponent fails to make weight
December 17, 2021
Pennington's opponent, Macy Chiasson, missed weight Friday, MMAJunkie.com reports.
The fight was moved up from bantamweight to featherweight after Chiasson stepped in to replace Julia Avila (knee) less than two weeks before the pair were scheduled to meet Saturday, but Chiasson still checked in 2.5 pounds over the limit. She'll be forced to surrender a portion of her purse if the fight goes forward.
New opponent found in Chiasson
December 6, 2021
Pennington will face Macy Chiasson at UFC Vegas 45 on Dec. 18, Mike Heck of MMAFighting.com reports.
Pennington's previously scheduled opponent, Julia Avila, was forced to withdraw due to a knee injury. Pennington will look to put together her third consecutive victory, as she defeated Marion Reneau at UFC on ESPN 11 in June of 2020 and then Pannie Kianzad at UFC Fight Night 192 in September of 2021.