The Ultimate Fighter Week 6 Notes: Raquel Pennington and Jessamyn Duke Went to War

October 9, 2013
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Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate TUF 18 CoachesThe sixth episode of The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate featured the fight of the season thus far as Jessamyn Duke and Raquel Pennington went to war.

The History

Team Rousey’s Jessamyn Duke and Team Tate’s Raquel Pennington were originally scheduled to fight prior to this season of The Ultimate Fighter, but Duke was advised to pull out of the bout by her coach.

“Raquel and I were actually supposed to fight for my pro debut, but I had only fought at 135 once and my coach was like, I don’t want you to making your pro debut as an underdog,” explained Duke.  “I was all disappointed about it, but right now I think the fight was held off for a reason.  Now we get to do it on the big stage.  We get to do it in front of Dana White, on The Ultimate Fighter and I can’t wait to get in there.”

“I’m not sure exactly what happened with the fight between me and Jessamyn.  They pulled out, but I knew one day that we would face off in the cage,” said Pennington.

The Fight: Jessamyn Duke vs. Raquel Pennington

Duke used her reach advantage to keep Pennington on the outside in the opening round.  She outworked Pennington, setting the pace with a higher volume of strikes.  Duke threw a mix of kicks, punches and knees to take the first round.

Coach Miesha Tate urged her fighter to move forward and Pennington did just that in the second frame.  Pennington began landing heavy counter punches.  She was able to back Duke up.  Duke fired back, landing knees in the clinch.  Pennington trapped Duke against the cage and unloaded right hands.  Duke appeared to slow and Pennington kept the pressure on to win the second stanza and force a third “sudden victory” round.

Pennington avoided Duke’s clinch game early in the final round and landed combinations.  She landed her right hand regularly, backing Duke up.  Duke came back in the closing moments, opening up a cut on Pennington, but it was too little too late.  The judges scored the round 10-9 for Pennington.

“That fight was absolutely the toughest fight that I’ve had,” said Duke following the loss.   “It’s not the first time that I’ve lost, but it definitely hurt the worst off all the times I’ve lost.  I’ll just do what I always do and get back in the gym and train harder and be a better fighter so that I can be the best.”

The fight brought back the animosity between the coaches.

“I tried to shake their hands afterward and Ronda just flipped me off,” said Tate.  “I think the tables have turned.  She used to be the one always giggling at me, and I would get all upset about it, like I hate this girl.  But I don’t really hate her anymore.  To me, it’s just kind of funny.”

Fight Announcement

Pennington’s win put matchmaking control back in the hands of Team Tate.  Tate decided to pit Josh Hill against Team Rousey’s Michael Wooten.

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  • Yes

    Rousey is scum/white trash.

  • Byrd

    Rhonda is a horrible sport. I use to be a huge fan, but she lost me during this show. I would not want my kids to behave in such a manner.

    • the pensive dub

      I totally agree. dana needs to put a stop to that s***.

  • shakejunt

    season of the underdogs for the females

  • Kristin Rheault

    Rousey has really made herself out to be a classless lowlife in the show. In the end I don’t care how tough she is when you act like that on national television, you make yourself look like a moron.

  • wow

    Awesome fight…both girls gave it all they had and took some good shots. Rhonda…wow, to tell someone to F*CK OFF and stick your middle finger in their face because they try to shake your hand. Stay classy Rhonda. Instead of showing sportsman ship like a true martial artist you act like a hood rat. Hopefully during this season She sees herself in a new light and works on her character flaws. Cause she’s a great fighter, but an embarrassment of a person.

  • King_DG

    what lifestyle? you mean the fact that she is a lesbian? that bothers you?

    • Byrd

      I’m glad Jesus never said such words. I have a lot in common with Pennington, I’m a lesbian at heart too. Women are great!

      Worry about yourself, not others. I could care less what people are, born as, or want to become.

      I’m quite sure your “life-style” is flawless.

      I’m a Pennington fan, great fight!