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#2 Women's Bantamweight Division

#13 PFP

Active

"Rocky"

Raquel Pennington

Women's Bantamweight Division

15-9-0 (W-L-D)

5

Fight Win Streak

1

Wins by Knockout

4

Wins by Submission

Raquel Pennington

athlete record

Event Results

Info

Learn more about Raquel Pennington's UFC history, fighter facts, and Q&A below.

Status
Active
Place of Birth
Colorado Springs, United States
Trains at
Colorado Springs BJJ
Fighting style
Freestyle
Age
34
Height
67.00
Weight
135.50
Octagon Debut
Dec. 01, 2013
Reach
67.50
Leg reach
37.00
  • Team Tate on TUF 18
     
  • Pro since 2012
     
  • Debut win was second round TKO of Kim Couture
     
  • Holds 2012 win over TUF 18 teammate Sarah Moras
     
  • Lost 2012 bout to UFC veteran Cat Zingano
     
  • One win by KO, four by submission (RNC, 2 guillotine choke, bulldog choke)
     
  • Has won 12 of her last 17 and five in a row
     
  • Origin of nickname – “It came from high school. People couldn’t pronounce my name and would always call me Rock-quel so the name was shortened to Rock, then over the years Rocky.

UFC Fight Night (1/14/23) Pennington won a three split decision over Ketlen Vieira 

UFC 273 (4/9/22) Pennington won a three round unanimous decision over Aspen Ladd

UFC Fight Night (12/18/21) Pennington submitted Macy Chiasson via guillotine choke at 3:07 of the second round

UFC Fight Night (9/18/21) Pennington won a three round unanimous decision over Pannie Kianzad

UFC on ESPN (6/20/20) Pennington won a three round unanimous decision over Marion Reneau

UFC 246 (1/18/20) Pennington lost a three round unanimous decision to Holly Holm

UFC on ESPN (7/20/19) Pennington won a three round split decision over Irene Aldana

UFC Fight Night (11/10/18) Pennington lost a three round unanimous decision to Germaine de Randamie

UFC 224 (5/12/18) Pennington was stopped by Amanda Nunes via strikes at 2:36 of the fifth round in a bout for the UFC women’s bantamweight title

UFC 205 (11/12/16) Pennington won a three round unanimous decision over Miesha Tate

UFC 202 (8/20/16) Pennington won a three round unanimous decision over Elizabeth Phillips

UFC on FOX (4/16/16) Pennington won a three round split decision over Bethe Correia

UFC 191 (9/5/15) Pennington submitted Jessica Andrade via rear naked choke at 4:58 of the second round

UFC 184 (2/28/15) Pennington lost a three round split decision to Holly Holm

UFC 181 (12/6/14) Pennington submitted Ashlee Evans-Smith via bulldog choke at 4:59 of the first round

UFC 171 (3/15/14) Pennington lost a three round split decision to Jessica Andrade

TUF 18 Finale (11/30/13) Pennington won a three round unanimous decision over Roxanne Modafferi

 

The Ultimate Fighter, Season 18

On episode 13 (semifinals), Pennington lost a three round unanimous decision to Jessica Rakoczy

On episode six (quarterfinals), Pennington won a three round decision over Jessamyn Duke

On episode one, Pennington submitted Tonya Evinger in the second round

TRAINING: I train every morning doing strength and conditioning for two hours - usually 9-11. Then I have a break until 2pm Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Then I go to Muay Thai, kickboxing or wrestling. Tuesday and Thursday I do jitz from 6:30 to 8:30.

When and why did you start training for fighting? I started training at the age of 19. I always wanted to fight but my parents never let me. In my senior yet I broke my back snowboarding and was rehabbing my back. Then I joined fighting to become more active.

What ranks and titles have you held? As an amateur I was 7-1 with five titles - three at 135lbs, one at 130lb and one at 125lb 0 and ranked number one in the US. Before TUF as a pro I was 3-3 and I hold the world bantamweight/Hawaiian islands champion of Destiny MMA.

Do you have any heroes? My hero is my mom.

What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? To fight in the UFC is every fighter’s dream come true. For me, it's a great accomplishment making it as high in the promotion as I can go and a life change for not only me, but my family. It’s also a way to reach out to the people in the world and tell my story and show them it's possible for them to achieve their dreams as well.

Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I am currently in college doing pre-med in hopes of going to med school to be a doctor.

What was your job before you started fighting? I worked at SAMs club, driving the forklift, stocking the freezers/cooler, while going to school and training.

Favorite grappling technique: Triangle

Favorite striking technique: 1-3-2 liver kick