Raquel Pennington in 2016
|Born||September 5, 1988|
Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|Weight||135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)|
|Reach||67 1⁄2 in (171 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States|
|Team||Triple Threat Gym|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Raquel Len "Rocky" Pennington (born September 5, 1988) is an American mixed martial artist who competes in Ultimate Fighting Championship women's bantamweight division. She has previously fought for Invicta Fighting Championships. As of October 12, 2020, she is #4 in the UFC women's bantamweight rankings.
Pennington grew up playing many sports from basketball, softball, volleyball, running cross country, to always wanting to box. She graduated from Harrison High School in 2007 as secretary of the National Honors Society, with many athletic and academic scholarships. She never played sports on a collegiate level due to a broken back.
Mixed martial arts career
Pennington started training in martial arts at the age of 19, though initially her parents would not let her fight. She fought in amateur MMA from 2009 to 2011, amassing a record of 7 wins and 1 loss with five of those wins by submission. Her professional debut was in March 2012, a TKO victory against Kim Couture.
Invicta Fighting Championships
The Ultimate Fighter
In August 2013, Pennington was announced as a cast member of The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate. She defeated veteran Tonya Evinger via submission due to a guillotine choke in the first round and was the third female pick of Team Tate.
Raquel Pennington faced Jessamyn Duke in the elimination round. Pennington defeated Duke via unanimous decision (29–28, 29–28, and 29–28) and the performance earned both participants Fight of The Season honors.
Advancing to the semi-final, Pennington next faced former boxing champion Jessica Rakoczy in the final episode of the series. Prior to the fight, Pennington damaged her hand but was still able to fight. She lost a unanimous decision to Rakoczy (30–27, 30–27, and 30–27).
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Pennington was scheduled to face Holly Holm at UFC 181 on December 6, 2014. However, Holm pulled out of the fight in mid-November, citing a neck injury. Holm was replaced by UFC newcomer Ashlee Evans-Smith. Pennington won the fight via technical submission due to a bulldog choke at the end of the first round. She became the 4th fighter in UFC history to finish a fight with that move.
Pennington faced former UFC Bantamweight Champion and former TUF Coach Miesha Tate at UFC 205 on November 12th, 2016. She won the fight by unanimous decision (29–28, 30–27, and 30–27), outstriking and outwrestling Tate for all three rounds.
UFC Bantamweight Championship challenge
After being away from fighting for about a year and a half, Pennington faced Amanda Nunes on May 12, 2018 at UFC 224 in a UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship bout. Pennington lost the fight via TKO in the fifth round. This was the first event in UFC history to be headlined by two openly gay fighters.
Pennington was scheduled to face Holly Holm on October 6, 2019 at UFC 243. However, on September 27, it was revealed Holm withdrew from the bout due to a hamstring injury and the bout was cancelled. The pair was rescheduled to fight on January 18, 2020 at UFC 246. She lost the fight via unanimous decision.
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|19 matches||11 wins||8 losses|
|Win||11–8||Marion Reneau||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on ESPN: Blaydes vs. Volkov||June 20, 2020||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||10–8||Holly Holm||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 246||January 18, 2020||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||10–7||Irene Aldana||Decision (split)||UFC on ESPN: dos Anjos vs. Edwards||July 20, 2019||3||5:00||San Antonio, Texas, United States|
|Loss||9–7||Germaine de Randamie||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Korean Zombie vs. Rodríguez||November 10, 2018||3||5:00||Denver, Colorado, United States||Catchweight (138 lb) bout; Pennington missed weight.|
|Loss||9–6||Amanda Nunes||TKO (punches)||UFC 224||May 12, 2018||5||2:36||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||For the UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship.|
|Win||9–5||Miesha Tate||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 205||November 12, 2016||3||5:00||New York City, New York, United States|
|Win||8–5||Elizabeth Phillips||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 202||August 20, 2016||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||7–5||Bethe Correia||Decision (split)||UFC on Fox: Teixeira vs. Evans||April 16, 2016||3||5:00||Tampa, Florida, United States|
|Win||6–5||Jéssica Andrade||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC 191||September 5, 2015||2||4:58||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Performance of the Night.|
|Loss||5–5||Holly Holm||Decision (split)||UFC 184||February 28, 2015||3||5:00||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Win||5–4||Ashlee Evans-Smith||Technical Submission (bulldog choke)||UFC 181||December 6, 2014||1||4:59||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||4–4||Jéssica Andrade||Decision (split)||UFC 171||March 15, 2014||3||5:00||Dallas, Texas, United States|
|Win||4–3||Roxanne Modafferi||Decision (unanimous)||The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate Finale||November 30, 2013||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||3–3||Leslie Smith||Decision (unanimous)||Invicta FC: Esparza vs. Hyatt||January 5, 2013||3||5:00||Kansas City, Kansas, United States|
|Loss||3–2||Cat Zingano||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Invicta FC: Penne vs. Sugiyama||October 6, 2012||2||3:32||Kansas City, Kansas, United States|
|Win||3–1||Raquel Pa'aluhi||Submission (guillotine choke)||Destiny MMA: Na Koa 1||September 8, 2012||1||3:52||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States||Won the Destiny MMA World / Hawaiian Islands Bantamweight Championship.|
|Win||2–1||Sarah Moras||Decision (unanimous)||Invicta FC: Baszler vs. McMann||July 28, 2012||3||5:00||Kansas City, Kansas, United States|
|Loss||1–1||Tori Adams||Decision (unanimous)||RMBB/TB: A Champion's Quest||June 22, 2012||3||5:00||Sheridan, Colorado, United States|
|Win||1–0||Kim Couture||TKO (knees)||MFP: Vengeance||March 13, 2012||2||2:25||Casper, Wyoming, United States|
|Exhibition record breakdown|
|3 matches||2 wins||1 loss|
|Loss||2–1||Jessica Rakoczy||Decision (unanimous)||The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate||November 27, 2013||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Semifinal bout.|
|Win||2–0||Jessamyn Duke||Decision (unanimous)||October 9, 2013||3||5:00||Quarterfinal bout.|
|Win||1–0||Tonya Evinger||Submission (guillotine choke)||September 4, 2013||2||3:56||Preliminary bout.|
|Amateur record breakdown|
|8 matches||7 wins||1 loss|
|Win||7–1||Heather Denny||Submission (triangle choke)||RMBB - Extreme MMA||August 12, 2011||2||1:59||Sheridan, Colorado, United States|
|Win||6–1||J.J. Aldrich||Submission (triangle choke)||RMBB - Bad Girlz Gone Wild||January 21, 2011||2||1:44||Sheridan, Colorado, United States|
|Loss||5–1||Taylor Stratford||Decision (split)||URC 13 - Brute Force||June 11, 2010||3||3:00||Reno, Nevada, United States|
|Win||5–0||Tsui-Jen Cunanan||Decision (unanimous)||RMBB - Caged Madness||January 16, 2010||3||3:00||Sheridan, Colorado, United States|
|Win||4–0||Kyane Hampton||Submission (rear-naked choke)||NMEF / RMBB - Annihilation 20: Clash of the Titans 5||October 24, 2009||2||0:45||Greeley, Colorado, United States|
|Win||3–0||Kyane Hampton||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Kickdown 67 - Blast||June 20, 2009||1||2:52||Denver, Colorado, United States|
|Win||2–0||Ericka Trujillo||Decision (unanimous)||Kickdown 62 - Extreme||April 5, 2009||3||3:00||Casper, Wyoming, United States|
|Win||1–0||Staci Vega||Submission (guillotine choke)||Kickdown 60 - Supremacy||February 21, 2009||1||1:45||Casper, Wyoming, United States|
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