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Fight Preview: Raquel Pennington vs. Marion Reneau

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Raquel “Rocky” Pennington and Marion “The Belizean Bruiser” Reneau will be facing off at UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Volkov on Saturday, June 20th. Pennington is ranked as the 6th best women’s bantamweight fighter coming into this fight. Reneau, who will be turning 43 the day of the fight, will be coming into this fight as the 10th best women’s bantamweight fighter in the UFC.

Both of these fighters are coming off of losses in their previous fights and are looking to jumpstart a championship run with a victory. Ahead of this fight, we take a quick look at the history of both fighters and give a prediction of how we think the fight will go down.

The Overtime Heroics team would like to wish Marion Reneau a very happy birthday! She will be turning 43 on Saturday and will be looking to earn herself a birthday victory.

Raquel PenningtonTale of the TapeMarion Reneau
10-8MMA Record9-5-1
135 poundsWeight135 pounds
67.5 inchesReach68 inches

Pennington History

Raquel Pennington got her start in the UFC by way of The Ultimate Fighter. She made it all the way to the semi-finals before losing. Her first official fight in the UFC was a decision victory against fellow TUF alumni Roxanne Modafferi. Pennington next faced Jéssica Andrade for the first time and suffered her first UFC defeat. Next Pennington defeated Ashlee Evans-Smith by technical decision via a bulldog choke. Pennington followed this victory with a split-decision loss to Holly Holm, who won the women’s bantamweight championship later that year. After a 2-2 start in the UFC, Pennington began a four-fight win streak culminating in a championship fight against Amanda Nunes.

Raquel Pennington standing with arms crossed.
LAS VEGAS, NV – NOVEMBER 27: Raquel Pennington poses for a portrait on November 27, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

During this win streak, Pennington earned victories over Jéssica Andrade in a rematch, Bethe Correia, Elizabeth Phillips, and Meisha Tate. Pennington performed admirably against Nunes in her championship fight but was clearly outmatched. Following her championship opportunity, Pennington lost again, this time via decision to Germaine de Randamie. Pennington finally got herself back into the win column with a split-decision victory over Irene Aldana. In her most recent fight, Pennington faced Holly Holm for a second time but lost again via decision.

Reneau History

Marion Reneau began her UFC career at UFC 182: Jones vs. Cormier with a decision victory over Alexis Dufresne. Reneau followed this win up with a submission victory over Jéssica Andrade. After starting off with two straight wins, Reneau then suffered two straight losses by decision. The first loss was against Holly Holm and the second loss was against Ashlee Evans-Smith. Following those two losses, Reneau went on a streak of three wins with one draw over her next four fights.

Marion Reneau. Credit Jeff Sherwood.

Reneau began the streak with a TKO victory over Milana Dudieva. She followed that victory with a majority draw against Bethe Correia. After her draw against Correia, Reneau earned a TKO victory over Talita Bernardo. Reneau finished out her streak with a submission win over Sara McMann. Following this small streak of success, Reneau then suffered a decision loss to Cat Zingano. In her most recent fight, Reneau faced Yana Kunitskaya and lost via unanimous decision.

Fight Prediction

This fight probably has the most potential to go the distance on the entire card. Pennington’s last three fights went the distance and Reneau’s last two fights did as well. If the fight were to go the distance, Pennington should have the advantage in experience. For Pennington, six of her ten victories have come by way of decision. For Reneau, all five of her professional losses have come by way of decision. If the fight were to go the distance, Pennington would likely be victorious. However, where Reneau has a big advantage is her stand-up game and she will be extra-motivated by fighting on her birthday.

Reneau has five wins by knockout, three of which have come in the third round. She will be looking to finish this fight and not let it go to the judges. Reneau is also coming off of two straight losses and will be looking to make a statement with a win. This fight has all the makings of an upset.

Prediction: Reneau by TKO in Round 2.

Marion Reneau holding her hands up in victory
ORLANDO, FL – FEBRUARY 24: Marion Reneau celebrates after her submission victory over Sara McMann in their women’s bantamweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at Amway Center on February 24, 2018 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

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Jeff Swartz is a combat sports writer and editor for With a focus on the UFC, Jeff also covers other major combat sports promotions like Bellator, ONE, World Lethwei Championship, Sparta Sports & Entertainment, and much more!