Pennington to replace injured Pena at UFC 171

January 30, 2014 5:57 am by Brett Auten

Raquel Pennington has replaced injured Julianna Pena at UFC 171.


Pennington (4-3) will fight Jessica Andrade (10-3) in a bantamweight bout.


UFC officials announced the change.


It was reported Wednesday that Pena suffered a severe knee injury.


UFC 171 takes place March 15 at Dallas’ American Airlines Center. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.


Pennington, a semifinalist on “The Ultimate Fighter 18″ made her UFC debut at the TUF 18 Finale and posted a decision victory over Roxanne Modafferi. It ended a two-fight losing streak for Pennington, who fell to Cat Zingano and Leslie Smith with Invicta FC before joining the “TUF 18″ cast.


Andrade made her UFC debut at UFC on FOX 8 and lost to former UFC title challenger Liz Carmouche via second-round TKO. She rebounded in October at UFC Fight Night 30 event with a decision win over Rosi Sexton.


The latest UFC 171 card looks like:


Johny Hendricks vs. Robbie Lawler – for vacant welterweight title

Carlos Condit vs. Tyron Woodley

Myles Jury vs. Diego Sanchez

Hector Lombard vs. Jake Shields

Ovince St. Preux vs. Thiago Silva

Kelvin Gastelum vs. Rick Story

Jessica Andrade vs. Raquel Pennington

Dennis Bermudez vs. Jimy Hettes

Alex Garcia vs. Sean Spencer

Will Campuzano vs. Justin Scoggins

Renee Forte vs. Frank Trevino

Robert McDaniel vs. Tor Troeng

Daniel Pineda vs. Robert Whiteford

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