UFC officials on Wednesday announced that Andrade had agreed to the short-notice bout after Pennington’s first two opponents both had to withdraw due to injury. With just two-and-a-half weeks until the Sept. 5 fight in Las Vegas, it was a big ask, but Andrade answered the call when Liz Carmouche and Leslie Smith both were bitten by the injury bug.
Pennington’s record is 5-5 overall and 2-2 since emerging from The Ultimate Fighter to make her way into the Octagon. She enters the fight with Andrade coming off of a loss to Holly Holm at UFC 184 earlier this year.
Andrade (13-4), however, accepted a quick return to fight Pennington after having won a unanimous decision over Sarah Moras on July 15 in San Diego. She’s looking to pick up where she left off when Marion Reneau put an end to her three-fight winning streak earlier this year.
The fight will be a rematch, as Pennington and Andrade first met at UFC 171 last year in Dallas. Pennington will be looking to exact her revenge, as Andrade won that initial meeting via a split decision.
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