Holly Holm vs. Raquel Pennington added to UFC 246

Holly Holm
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The upcoming UFC 246 card, which is scheduled for January 18 in Las Vegas, Nevada, keeps getting better. The latest addition to the stacked card is a women’s bantamweight bout between former champion Holly Holm and Raquel Pennington.

News of this matchup was first reported by MMAJunkie.

Holm and Pennington first fought in February of 2015, in Holm’s anticipated UFC debut. Despite the hype with which the former boxing champ entered the Octagon, she only narrowly scraped by Pennington with a split decision victory.

The pair were originally expected to rematch at UFC 243 in October, but Holm was forced out of the fight with a hamstring injury.

This rematch with Pennington will mark Holm’s first fight since a TKO loss in a women’s bantamweight title fight with reigning champion Amanda Nunes. Prior to that loss, Holm picked up a decision win over Megan Anderson in the featherweight division.

Pennington, meanwhile, is riding the momentum of a decision victory over Irene Aldana. This win was preceded by a pair of losses to top bantamweight contender Germaine de Randamie and to the champ Nunes.

UFC 246 will be topped by a five-round welterweight showdown between former two-division UFC champion Conor McGregor and fan favorite contender Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone.

Here’s the full UFC 246 card as it currently stands.

  • Conor McGregor vs. Donald Cerrone
  • Holly Holm vs. Raquel Pennington
  • Maycee Barber vs. Roxanne Modafferi
  • Drew Dober vs. Nasrat Haqparast
  • Grant Dawson vs. Chas Skelly
  • Maurice Greene vs. Aleksei Oleinik
  • Claudia Gadelha vs. Alexa Grasso
  • Andre Fili vs. Sodiq Yusuff
  • Diego Ferreira vs. Anthony Pettis
  • Askar Askarov vs. Tim Elliott

Who do you think will this rematch between Holly Holm and Raquel Pennington?

This article first appeared on BJPENN.com on 12/2/2019.