Raquel Pennington Replaces Injured Julianna Peña, Faces Jessica Andrade at UFC 171

January 30, 2014
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16-Raquel-Pennington-TUF-18-Finale-w-478x270Raquel Pennington will replace the injured Julianna Peña and face Jessica Andrade at UFC 171, promotion officials announced on Wednesday.

The Pennington vs. Andrade tilt is expected to take place on the preliminary portion of the March 15 fight card in Dallas.

Pennington (4-3) comes into the Texas fight card fresh off a win over Roxanne Modafferi at the TUF 18 Finale. The fight was her UFC debut, and capped off her run on the 18th season of The Ultimate Fighter, the reality show’s first season with female fighters.

Andrade (10-3) most recently earned her first UFC win with a decision nod over Rosi Sexton at UFC Fight Night 30 last October.

Peña was set to face Andrade on the UFC 171 card, but a horrific knee injury during a recent training session put the TUF 18 winner out of action.

UFC 171 is scheduled to be headlined by a fight between Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler for the vacant welterweight title.

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  • drkdisciple

    I hope this fight wont be on the main card. Pennington vs Roxanne was horrible and I expect the same from this fight.

    • Ron Wheeler

      Got to agree. Pennington looked terrible. Slow, non-dynamic. RM put on better fight IMO, just too small physically and wilted a bit later. UFC need to steal a different bunch of Invicta fighters.

      • J.D.C.D.

        Looking back the RM vs RP fight was a bit of stinker. From that fight I can even remember her coach telling Pennington to let the hands fly. I think Pennington will let the leather swing against Andrade. Pennington also has pretty good takedown defense. Andrade will really test her.

        Part of me was hoping Jessica Eye was going to go against Andrade.