Raquel has yet to reach her peak in the 135lb division, and now that the UFC has given her a former champion looking for redemption, a lot is at stake here.
Raquel Pennington is tasked with her most important bout to date, against former bantamweight champion Miesha Tate. In the eyes of many, this is considered a great fight acknowledging that both fighters have something to prove. What’s there to prove you ask?
Miesha Tate (18-6 MMA, 5-3 UFC), managed to survive five rounds of a Holly Holm assault before mounting a comeback for the ages submitting Holly late in round 5. Did we find our new queen of MMA (Mixed Martial Arts), not so fast? Surprisingly, Miesha was quick to get back into the octagon against Brazilian native Amanda Nunes. Nunes was too much for Tate as she controlled the octagon with continuous pressure causing an end result of a Submission. Now seeking redemption, Miesha is tasked against an opponent known for her toughness; Raquel Pennington.
Raquel Pennington (8-6 MMA, 5-2 UFC), is riding a 3 fight win streak against current ranked opponents Jessica Andrade; who is now a strawweight contender, Beth Correia; who just defeated Jessica Eye in a very close decision and most recently Elizabeth Phillips; in a gritty fight.
Although Raquel’s win against Elizabeth Phillips wasn’t filled with action packed moments we did see glimpses of what she can do on the mat and stand-up. ‘Rocky’ is a tough – in your face fighter and for what reason her striking is underrated I don’t know.
The best part of all this is the scenarios, with Rousey reported to fight Amanda (Nunes) Pena and Shevchenko stalled in contract negotiations, Pennington can lay it all out on the line in Madison Square Garden.
After Rousey’s (Ronda) defeat at UFC 196 her absence from the women bantamweight division did three things, the division has brought in new talent, Cris Cyborg is fighting catchweight bouts and the title has had three different holders; Holly Holm – Miesha Tate – Amanda Nunes. When Ronda makes her return to the octagon it will be an immediate title shot, as for the long list of contenders waiting for their shot well, statement wins is the only way it seems.
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