The UFC women’s bantamweight division has a new champion, and her name is Raquel Pennington.
Amanda Nunes was cageside at Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, to see who would win the title she left vacant after retiring. Pennington (16-8 MMA and 13-5 UFC), who won the UFC 297 main event co-main fight by unanimous scores of 49 46, 49 46, and 49 45, had her belt around her waist in 25 minutes.
There wasn’t much of a feel-out process as both landed in early exchanges. Pennington began to clinch up with Bueno (11-3-1 MMA, 5-3-2 UFC). This is where the majority of the fight played out.
Staying calm on the defensive side, Bueno Silva was able to reverse and take Pennington’s back, squeezing a rear-naked choke. Both fighters were patient as they worked through the sequence.
Pennington started the second round with a flurry of punches. Bueno-Silva worked her way to a clinch up against the fence. Pennington reversing and creating space to land some punches but Bueno – Silva again closed the distance. Pennington’s distance increased, and he landed a series of powerful punches at the end. Pennington was rushing across the cage while Bueno Silva had retreated.