The fallout from UFC 207 seems to still be unraveling. The latest bit of news comes from bantamweight contender Raquel Pennington. Pennington (9-5) is on a 4-fight win streak, having just defeated former UFC bantamweight champion Miesha Tate at UFC 205.
While sitting down with ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, Pennington disclosed that she put in work with Ronda Rousey in preparation for her UFC 207 showdown with bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes. When asked what it was like, however, Pennington was not at liberty to say, citing signing a non-disclosure agreement:
Okamoto: How did an agreement to be Rousey’s sparring partner for her last camp come together?
Pennington: I actually talked to Ronda the night of the weigh-ins in New York [before UFC 205]. I bumped into Ronda and she asked if she could contact me and bring me out for some work. I’ve been out to Los Angeles to see her and [teammate] Shayna Baszler before. A lot of us are friends outside the Octagon. I’m always up for challenges. Everybody brings something new to the table. It was definitely a solid experience.
Okamoto: Is there any insight you can give on how sparring went or what you saw in Rousey before her loss to Nunes at UFC 207?
Pennington: I can’t really talk about how sparring went or what we did. Ronda asked me to sign a non-disclosure agreement, so I did. All I can say is the fact I was able to put in work with her and that it was solid work. I can’t say too much more than that.
Okamoto: Are you able to say whether or not you think she fights again?
Pennington: I would hope so. I would hope she wouldn’t finish her career like that. Obviously, I’d say that about anybody. Any athlete, you wouldn’t want to see them go out like that. It’d be good to see her pick her head up and get in there and get another fight in.
While it’s not the first time a fighter has been asked to sign an NDA, Brock Lesnar had Randy Couture sign one during his training leading up to his fight with Shane Carwin, it certainly adds to the intrigue that is Ronda’s mindset leading up to UFC 207.
Raquel also discussed her shoulder surgery that will leave her on the sideline for the first half of 2017. For the full transcript of Okamoto’s interview, click the link below:
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