Raquel Pennington

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Raquel Pennington
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Raquel Pennington in 2016
BornRaquel Len Pennington[1]
(1988-09-05) September 5, 1988 (age 34)
Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
Other namesRocky
Height5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Weight145 lb (66 kg; 10.4 st)
DivisionBantamweight (2012–present)
Featherweight (2021)
Reach67+12 in (171 cm)
Fighting out ofColorado Springs, Colorado, United States
TeamAltitude MMA
RankPurple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[2]
Years active2009–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout1
By submission4
By decision10
By knockout1
By submission1
By decision6
Amateur record
By submission5
By decision2
By decision1
Other information
(m. 2017)
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Raquel Len Pennington[1] (born September 5, 1988) is an American mixed martial artist who competes in Ultimate Fighting Championship women's featherweight division. She has previously fought for Invicta Fighting Championships. As of January 17, 2023, she is #2 in the UFC women's bantamweight rankings, and as of May 16, 2023, she is #15 in the UFC women's pound-for-pound rankings.[3]

Early life[edit]

Pennington grew up playing many sports from basketball, softball, volleyball, running cross country and always wanted 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.[citation needed]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Pennington started training in martial arts at the age of 19, though initially her parents would not let her fight.[4] 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.[5] Her professional debut was in March 2012, a TKO victory against Kim Couture.

Invicta Fighting Championships[edit]

Pennington made her Invicta Fighting Championships promotional debut against future The Ultimate Fighter team mate Sarah Moras on July 28, 2012 at Invicta FC 2. She won via unanimous decision.[6]

Her next two fights for the promotion were both losses; one to Cat Zingano at Invicta FC 3[7] and one to Leslie Smith at Invicta FC 4.[8]

The Ultimate Fighter[edit]

In August 2013, Pennington was announced as a cast member of The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate.[9] She defeated veteran Tonya Evinger via submission due to a guillotine choke in the second round and was the third female pick of Team Tate.[10]

Raquel Pennington faced Jessamyn Duke in the elimination round. Pennington defeated Duke via unanimous decision (29–28, 29–28, and 29–28)[11] and the performance earned both participants Fight of The Season honors.[12]

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).[13]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Pennington made her promotional debut against TUF 18 team mate Roxanne Modafferi on November 30, 2013 at The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale. She won via unanimous decision (30–27, 30–27, and 29–28).[14]

For her second fight with the promotion, Pennington replaced an injured Julianna Peña against Jéssica Andrade on March 15, 2014 at UFC 171. She lost the back-and-forth fight via split decision.[15]

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.[16] Holm was replaced by UFC newcomer Ashlee Evans-Smith.[17] 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.[18]

Pennington fought Holly Holm at UFC 184 on February 28, 2015,[19] a bout that was originally supposed to take place at UFC 181.[20] She lost the fight via split decision.[21]

Pennington was set to take on Liz Carmouche at UFC 191. Carmouche was then replaced by former opponent Jéssica Andrade.[22] Pennington won the fight by submission in the second round.[23] The submission earned her a Performance of the Night bonus.[24]

Pennington faced former UFC Bantamweight Champion and former TUF Coach Miesha Tate at UFC 205 on November 12, 2016. She won the fight by unanimous decision (29–28, 30–27, and 30–27), outstriking and outwrestling Tate for all three rounds.[25]

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.[26] Pennington lost the fight via TKO in the fifth round.[27] This was the first event in UFC history to be headlined by two openly gay fighters.[28]

Pennington returned at UFC Fight Night 139 on November 10, 2018 where she took on former UFC featherweight champ Germaine de Randamie.[29] She lost the fight via unanimous decision.[30]

Pennington faced Irene Aldana on July 20, 2019 at UFC on ESPN 4.[31] She won the fight via split decision.[32]

Pennington was scheduled to face Holly Holm on October 6, 2019 at UFC 243.[33] However, on September 27, it was revealed Holm withdrew from the bout due to a hamstring injury and the bout was cancelled.[34] The pair was rescheduled to fight on January 18, 2020 at UFC 246.[35] She lost the fight via unanimous decision.[36]

Pennington faced Marion Reneau on June 20, 2020 at UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Volkov.[37] She won the fight via unanimous decision.[38]

Pennington accepted a six-month USADA suspension after self-reporting a doping violation upon realizing she had ingested banned substances, 7-Keto-DHEA and AOD-9064, prescribed by her doctor to treat a medical condition. The suspension was retroactive to November 17, 2020 and she would be eligible to fight again on May 7, 2021.[39]

Pennington faced Pannie Kianzad on September 18, 2021 at UFC Fight Night 192.[40] She won the fight via unanimous decision.[41]

Pennington was scheduled to face Julia Avila on December 18, 2021 at UFC Fight Night 199.[42] However, Avila was forced to pull from the event due to injury.[43] She was replaced by Macy Chiasson.[44] At the weigh-ins, Chiasson weighed in at 148.5 pounds, 3.5 pounds over the women's featherweight non-title fight limit. The bout proceeded at a catchweight with Chiasson fined a percentage of her purse, which went to Pennington.[45] Pennington won the fight via guillotine submission in the second round.[46]

Pennington faced Aspen Ladd, replacing Irene Aldana, on April 9, 2022 at UFC 273.[47] She won the bout via unanimous decision.[48]

Pennington faced Ketlen Vieira on January 14, 2023, at UFC Fight Night 217.[49] She won the fight via split decision.[50]

Pennington was scheduled to rematch Irene Aldana on May 20, 2023, at UFC Fight Night 223.[51] However on May 2, 2023, it was announced that Aldana would instead replace an injured Julianna Peña in headlining UFC 289 on June 10, 2023, in a Bantamweight Championship match against champion Amanda Nunes.[52] A few days later it was announced that Pennington serve as a backup for the title bout.[53]

Personal life[edit]

Pennington is openly lesbian. She is married to UFC Strawweight Tecia Torres.[54][55][56]


Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
23 matches 15 wins 8 losses
By knockout 1 1
By submission 4 1
By decision 10 6
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 15–8 Ketlen Vieira Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Strickland vs. Imavov January 14, 2023 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 14–8 Aspen Ladd Decision (unanimous) UFC 273 April 9, 2022 3 5:00 Jacksonville, Florida, United States Return to Bantamweight.
Win 13–8 Macy Chiasson Submission (guillotine choke) UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Daukaus December 18, 2021 2 3:07 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Featherweight debut; Chiasson missed weight (148.5 lb).
Win 12–8 Pannie Kianzad Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Smith vs. Spann September 18, 2021 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
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: The 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.[4]
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 to the body) MFP: Vengeance March 13, 2012 2 2:25 Casper, Wyoming, United States


Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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.
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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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