Fighter Profile: Raquel Pennington

Raquel Pennington has been banned for six-months after reporting herself to drug testers
Photo Credit: Mike Roach

Women’s MMA veteran Raquel Pennington made her return to the UFC Octagon in December at the UFC Apex when she faced off against Macy Chiasson and won by Submission (Guillotine Choke.) Pennington who has been fighting now for 13 years has strung together a three fight win streak and is currently ranked 7th in the UFC Women’s Bantamweight division one of the most stacked divisions in all of MMA.

Pennington was born September 5, 1988 in Colorado Springs, CO. Growing up she played many sports and wanted to box. Harrison High School in 2007 as secretary of the National Honor Society. She’d then go on to college to study medicine, but would not play sports at the collegiate level due to breaking her back while snowboarding. She’d start training Martial Arts at 19 and would start fighting armature MMA starting in  2009 to 2011. She held an armature record of 7-1 before going pro.

Pennington made her professional MMA debut in March of 2012 when she faced Kim Couture for the MFP promotion Pennington would win by TKO (Knees To The Body.) She’d then get the first loss of her career when she faced off against Tori Adams. She’d then face Sarah Moras in Invicta and would win by Unanimous Decision. She’d then face Raquel Pa’aluhi and would win by Submission (Guillotine Choke.) Pennington would then drop two fights in a row to Cat Zingano and Leslie Smith moving her record to 3-3. She’d then get the call to be on The Ultimate Fighter. On the show she’d go 2-1 with victories over Tonya Evinger and Jessamyn Duke but would lose to Jessica Rakoczy in the Semi-final bout.

Pennington would make her UFC debut in November 2013 when she’d face off against Roxanne Modafferi winning by Unanimous Decision. She’d then lose a bout to future Strawweight champ Jéssica Andrade. Pennington would get into the win column again in her next fight when she faced off against Ashlee Evans-Smith. Pennington would then face Holly Holm losing by split decision. Pennington would then win four fights in a row including wins in a rematch against Andrade and against former Bantamweight Champion Miesha Tate. She’d then drop two fights in a row including a fight with women’s MMA GOAT Amanda Nunes for the Women’s UFC Bantamweight title. She’d then win four of her next five fights.

It is unknown who Pennington will face next in the UFC Octagon next , but we hope she’ll make it four wins in a row next.

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