Holly Holm Draws Raquel Pennington for UFC Debut

October 9, 2014
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Former world boxing champion turned mixed martial artist Holly Holm finally has an official date and opponent for her UFC debut.

While speculation had pointed to Russian fighter Milena Dudieva for her Octagon debut, UFC officials on Thursday announced that Holm would debut against Raquel “Rocky” Pennington at UFC 181 on Dec. 6 in Las Vegas.

Holm (7-0) came to the world of mixed martial arts in 2011, following a boxing career that saw her win multiple world titles and amass a record of 33-2-3. After making her MMA debut, Holm has gone undefeated and won six of her seven fights by either knockout or technical knockout.

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Pennington by contrast is 4-4, but has faced some tough competition, losing to top bantamweight contender Cat Zingano and former Invicta FC title challenger Leslie Smith. She fought her way into the UFC via the eighteenth season of The Ultimate Fighter, defeating Roxanne Modafferi on the finale before dropping a split decision to Jessica Andrade at UFC 171.

A welterweight championship rematch between titleholder Johny Hendricks and challenger Robbie Lawler headlines UFC 181.

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  • Don Lee

    This says Holm will be getting a few fights first before facing Ronda.

    • riverdawg

      Agreed. Its a smart move by the UFC. Holly is coming off an injury and really has yet to fight any of the top ladies at 135. If she were to go out there against a power wrestler like Sara McMann and gets smoked on the ground for the whole fight then her stock plummets. In fact Holly really hasn’t fought anyone of any consequence in her MMA career so far, so this matchup doesnt surprise me. If she walks through Pennington then you give her Jessica Andrade or Bethe Correia. No reason to rush. If Holly is the real deal she’ll get her shot eventually.

      • shakejunt

        also gotta think that ronda is booked up for a bit with zingano, potential injury layoffs, and hopefully cyborg. definitely a good idea to build her up, especially considering the level of competition she’s used to.

  • dandogood

    come on Pennington is terrible. But watch the video of Holm getting KO’d in a fight. But Pennington has zero chance of winning.

  • drkdisciple

    wow they claim Holm is a star yet they match her up against a can!

  • dandogood

    Holm has few MMA skills and isn’t that good in boxing either. watch Holm get Ko’d on U tube.