Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Holly Holm vs Raquel Pennington added to Feb. 28 UFC show

Holly Holm, Raquel Pennington
Holly Holm vs Raquel Pennington was supposed to happen on the Dec. 6 UFC show. But Holly was forced to drop out of the fight due to a neck injury suffered during training. So Ashlee Evans-Smith stepped in and Raquel won the fight with a bulldog choke at the end of the first round. Last week, Raquel told Steven Marrocco of MMA Junkie that she still wanted to fight Holly but Raquel was on a 45 day medical suspension due to a 14 stitch cut in her forehead suffered during her last fight. Last night, John Morgan of MMA Junkie reported that Holly vs Raquel will happen at UFC 184 Feb. 28 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The two have verbally agreed to the fight and signed fight agreements are expected shortly. One of the reasons Raquel still wants this fight is normally a debuting UFC fighter would be on the UFC Fight Pass prelims. But because Holly is a heavily hyped former boxing champ, I expect this fight to be on the main card. Holly has a 7-0 record but Raquel is a big step up in competition. Of course Holly will be favoured to win. But if Raquel pulls an upset, it's a bigger win for her. Raquel is probably a better fighter than her 5-4 record. Her last win was really good considering she was cut and couldn't see through the blood. So whoever wins this fight will get a big boost up the ladder with the winner of Miesha Tate vs Sara McMann being the winner's next opponent. I don't think any of them can beat Ronda Rousey but future title matches need to be set up even if it's someone as heavily hyped as Holly Holm.

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