Stance: Orthodox
Division: Women's Featherweight
Height: 5' 7"
Reach: 67"
Leg reach: 37.00
Weight: 135 lbs.
Team: Triple Threat Gym
Nationality: Colorado Springs, United States
Age: 34


Wins by KO: 1
Wins by submission: 3
Wins by decision: 6



Significant Strikes Attempted: 1908
Significant Strikes Landed: 967


Takedowns Attempted: 55
Takedowns Landed: 11


Raquel Len Pennington, born on September 5, 1988, is an American mixed martial artist noted for her participation in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women’s featherweight division. Before joining the UFC, she competed in the Invicta Fighting Championships. As of January 17, 2023, she ranked second in the UFC women’s bantamweight rankings, and by November 7, 2023, she had reached twelfth place in the UFC women’s pound-for-pound rankings.

Born and raised in an athletic environment, Pennington played multiple sports during her childhood, including basketball, softball, volleyball, and cross country running, but her heart was always in boxing. Pennington graduated from Harrison High School in 2007, serving as the secretary of the National Honors Society and receiving several athletic and academic scholarships. Unfortunately, a broken back prevented her from pursuing sports at the collegiate level.

Pennington began her journey in martial arts at the age of 19. Despite facing parental opposition at the beginning, she dedicated herself to the sport and transitioned to amateur MMA in 2009. Over two years, she built an impressive record of seven wins and one loss, with five victories achieved through submission.

In March 2012, Pennington stepped into professional MMA with a TKO victory against Kim Couture. Her journey in the Invicta promotion started with a unanimous win against future Ultimate Fighter (TUF) teammate Sarah Moras, followed by challenging losses to Cat Zingano and Leslie Smith.

Transitioning to the Ultimate Fighter, Team Rousey vs. Team Tate, in August 2013, Pennington achieved a submission win against Tonya Evinger and advanced to the semi-finals facing former boxing champion Jessica Rakoczy. Despite a pre-fight injury, she remained in the competition but ultimately lost the bout.

Pennington’s promotional debut pitted her against TUF 18 teammate Roxanne Modafferi, wherein she secured another unanimous win. A series of fights followed, showing Pennington’s unwavering perseverance and talent even against challenging opponents such as Jéssica Andrade, Holly Holm, and Miesha Tate.

A memorable moment in her career came when Pennington faced UFC newcomer Ashlee Evans-Smith at UFC 181 and won the fight with a unique bulldog choke – becoming the fourth UFC fighter to do so. Subsequent matches saw her clash with former champions and rivals, obtaining victory or defeat technicalities and judges’ decisions alike.

Pennington’s career met a turning point in May 2018, at UFC 224 when she faced Amanda Nunes, marking the first event in the UFC history to be headlined by two openly gay fighters. After a year and a half away from fighting, she continued her career taking on opponents like Germaine de Randamie, Irene Aldana, Marion Reneau, Pannie Kianzad, and Macy Chiasson.

Although she encountered bumps like a six-month suspension due to a self-reported doping incident involving prescribed medication, Pennington’s career resumed with renewed vigor in 2021. Subsequent victories against opponents like Ketlen Vieira and Aspen Ladd shaped her upward trajectory.

As the year 2023 unfolded, Pennington was expected to rematch Irene Aldana. However, unforeseen circumstances led Aldana to replace injured Julianna Peña in a headlining UFC 289 Bantamweight Championship bout against Amanda Nunes. Pennington graciously stepped in, extending her support and readiness to serve as backup for the title bout.

Beyond her professional ventures, Pennington’s personal life is marked by her identity as an open lesbian. She is married to fellow UFC Strawweight Tecia Torres, highlighting their unity not just in marital life but also in their shared passion for MMA. Living proof of perseverance and dedication, Raquel Pennington stands as a formidable presence in UFC women’s championship history.

Fight History

Mayra Bueno Silva
Raquel Pennington: Winner
by Unanimous Decision in Round 5
Sat. Jan 20, 2024
UFC 297: Strickland vs. Du Plessis
Ketlen Vieira
Raquel Pennington: Winner
by Split Decision in Round 3
Sat. Jan 14, 2023
UFC Fight Night: Strickland vs. Imavov
Aspen Ladd
Raquel Pennington: Winner
by Unanimous Decision in Round 3
Sat. Apr 09, 2022
UFC 273: Volkanovski vs. The Korean Zombie
Macy Chiasson
Raquel Pennington: Winner
by Submission in Round 2 @ 3:07
Sat. Dec 18, 2021
UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Daukaus
Pannie Kianzad
Raquel Pennington: Winner
by Unanimous Decision in Round 3
Sat. Sep 18, 2021
UFC Fight Night: Smith vs. Spann


Who Is Raquel Pennington In Relation To Amber Heard?
Raquel Pennington, also known as "Rocky", is Amber Heard's best friend who offered testimony in support of Heard in Johnny Depp's defamation case.

Who Will Raquel Pennington Fight Next?
Raquel Pennington is scheduled to fight Mayra Bueno Silva on January 20, 2024, at UFC 297 for the vacant UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship.

What Is Raquel Pennington's Record?
Raquel Pennington's record in UFC is 15 wins, 9 losses, and 0 draws.

Who Is Raquel Pennington In UFC?
Raquel Pennington is an American mixed martial artist competing in the UFC's women's featherweight division.

Who Is Raquel Pennington's Wife?
Raquel Pennington's wife is UFC Strawweight Tecia Torres.

What Is Raquel Pennington's Ranking On Tapology?
As a UFC journalist, I don't have the current Tapology ranking for Raquel Pennington at my disposal right now.

What Is Raquel Pennington's Ranking?
As of November 7, 2023, Raquel Pennington is ranked #2 in the UFC women's bantamweight rankings and #12 in the UFC women's pound-for-pound rankings.

What Is Raquel Pennington's Instagram Handle?
Raquel Pennington's Instagram handle is @raquel_pennington.

Who Is Raquel Pennington's Husband?
Raquel Pennington's spouse is UFC Strawweight Tecia Torres.

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