Jessica Rakoczy vs. Julianna Pena, Roxanne Modafferi vs. Raquel Pennington Rounds Out TUF Finale Card
As we witnessed during last night’s airing of The Ultimate Fighter, Jessica Rakoczy was able to earn a tough unanimous decision over BJPENN.COM Blogger, Raquel Pennington to secure a spot opposite Julianna Pena in the TUF Season 18 tournament final this Saturday.
Rakoczy is a six-time world boxing champion, who came into the Ultimate Fighter as an underdog. She won a match against Roxanne Modafferi by TKO, and then moved on to a semi-final match against Raquel Pennington, where she outboxed her way to a unanimous decision.
Juliana Pena won her regular season fights by submission against Shayna Baszler and Sarah Moras, and was scapegoated in the house for getting on all of the other fighters’ nerves. She was classified as a “head case” according to Baszler, and was consistently ridiculed on the show. Fortunately for her, Pena’s fighting spoke louder than words, and she now finds herself vying to be the first ever Ultimate Fighter female winner.
Pennington will still compete on Saturday’s card, just not in the finals match for the TUF 18 championship. Instead she will face off with longtime WMMA veteran Roxanne Modafferi in a classic striker versus grappler bout.
The TUF 18 Finale is as follows:
Nate Diaz vs. Gray Maynard
Julianna Pena vs. Jessica Rakozczy
Davey Grant vs. Chris Holdsworth
Jessamyn Duke vs. Peggy Morgan
Roxanne Modafferi vs. Raquel Pennington
Maximo Blanco vs. Akira Corassani
Tom Niinimaki vs. Rani Yahya
Walter Harris vs. Jared Rosholt
Drew Dober vs. Sean Spencer
Ryan Benoit vs. Joshua Sampo