Raquel Pennington vs. Jessica Andrade
Round 1: They touch gloves to start the round. Pennington takes the center of the cage. Andrade pushes forward and clinches. Pennington lands two knees to the body. Andrade answers with right hands to the body. Andrade presses Pennington against the cage. Pennington looks for a guillotine choke. Andrade spins out. Pennington lands a knee to the body. Andrade lands two right hands to the body. Andrade secures a throw and gains top position. she moves Pennington to the cage. Pennington uses the cage to stand. Andrade secures another throw. She works from the half guard position. He peppers Pennington’s body with right hands. Andrade postures up and lands a right hand. Pennington isolates an arm and goes for an armbar. Andrade defends the submission attempt and moves into side control. Pennington rolls and they scramble back to their feet. Andrade looks for another throw but this time Pennington is ready for it. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores it 10-9 for Andrade.
Round 2: Pennington inches forward with her jab. He lands an outside leg kick. Andrade presses forward. She lands to the body from the clinch. Pennington delivers a knee to the body. Andrade presses her against the cage. Andrade looks for a throw but it isn’t there. She lands a right hand on the break. Pennington answers with a right hand. Andrade changes levels and takes Pennington down. Pennington controls Andrade’s wrists. Andrade elevates Pennington and Pennington stands out of her guard. Pennington lands a combination. Andrade continues to push forward. She lands a combination. They clinch. Pennington delivers two knees to the body. Andrade continues to press forward. Pennington lands an outside leg kick. Andrade lands an outside leg kick. She unloads punches and lands on the inside. Pennington fires back. Andrade looks to get the fight to the ground. They’re ties up along the cage. Pennington circles free. She lands an outside leg kick. Andrade pressures. She lands a right hand. Pennington fires back. They’re slugging it out. Pennington initiates the clinch. She lands a knee to the body. Andrade lands two right hands to the body. Pennington applies a guillotine choke. She works to secure it. Andrade pops her head out and looks for a guillotine choke of her own. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores it 10-9 for Andrade.
Round 3: Andrade continues to press forward. She lands an outside leg kick. They exchange leg kicks. Andrade closes the distance and lands a knee to the body. Pennington answers with a knee to the body and circles away. Andrade lands a left hand. Andrade lands a kick to the body. Andrade pressuring. They exchange right hands. Andrade explodes with a flurry. Pennington clinches and delivers a knee to the body. She lands a right hand on the break. Andrade presses Pennington against the cage. Andrade unleashes another flurry. Pennington clinches and lands knees to the body. They separate. Pennington lands a right hand. Andrade lands a hard combination. Pennington ties her up. Pennington drags Andrade to the ground. She lands hammer fists. Andrade scrambles to her feet. Pennington slams her back to the canvas. Pennington lands a combination at the end of the round. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Pennington.
The judges scored the fight for Andrade by split decision. The scorecards read 29-28, 28-29 and 29-28.
“It was a really good fight and it was very close. For a minute there I thought I lost it. Im glad I was able to pull out the win. The choke wasn’t really that tight. Honestly I think she got tired holding onto it so it played to my advantage. I think I’m a good representative for the UFC because I have an exciting style and I’m smaller than most of my opponents. It shows that anyone can win in this sport.”
“It was a good fight. Jessica definitely showed up and we put on an exciting show. I had a tremendous camp so I have no excuses. I’m still growing each fight and this is a stepping stone in the right direction. I was a little hesitant in the first round but I think I took over in the second and third. The judges may have given it to her because I was backing up more but I was also landing cleaner shots. My coaches told me that I had the fight before the decision was read and I trust them one hundred percent so it was a little shocking when I heard the final scores. It was heartbreaking but I’ll work hard and make something good come from it.”