Report: Holly Holm to Face Raquel Pennington at UFC 243

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorAugust 7, 2019

Holly Holm kicks Cris Cyborg during a featherweight championship mixed martial arts bout at UFC 219, Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
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ESPN's Brett Okamoto reported Tuesday that Holly Holm and Raquel Pennington will battle at UFC 243 in Melbourne, Australia, on Oct. 5.

The women's bantamweight fight will be a rematch of a UFC 184 bout from February 2015 in which Holm beat Pennington via split decision.

Holm, the No. 3 ranked fighter in the UFC's bantamweight division, sports a 12-5 professional MMA record. She most recently lost to bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes at UFC 239 in July via first-round TKO.

Pennington, ranked No. 6 in the weight class, beat Irene Aldana via split decision in July. She is 10-7.

Holm's UFC debut was against Pennington, and Melbourne is the site of her shocking knockout win over the previously undefeated Ronda Rousey for the bantamweight title.

Although she's gone just 2-5 since the victory over Rousey, Holm has faced tough competition, including Nunes, Cris Cyborg and Germaine de Randamie.

Nunes is the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, and Cyborg's only loss after 2005 occurred against Nunes. De Randamie is the No. 1 contender for the bantamweight title.

Pennington's only losses since the Holm defeat occurred against Nunes and de Randamie. The Nunes defeat ended in a fifth-round TKO, and the de Randamie loss occurred via unanimous decision in a catchweight fight after Pennington missed weight.

UFC 243 is headlined by a men's middleweight title unification bout between Robert Whittaker and Israel Adesanya.

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