Injury forces Pennington out of ‘agreed’ UFC 219 title fight against Nunes

Multiple reports are confirming that reigning UFC bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes and top contender Raquel Penington agreed to fight at UFC 219 in an unannounced title fight. However, it appears that a broken leg as a result of a car accident on Wednesday has forced Pennington out of the unconfirmed bout. Nunes last appeared in September, outpointing Valentina Shevchenko in a controversial split-decision. After the Shevchenko fight, Nunes said she would be taking some time off.

Pennington last competed in November of 2016, defeating former champ Miesha Tate via unanimous decision. The unofficial title challenger has been out of action since then due to a string of injuries that required surgery. “Rocky” aimed to return at the end of this year but a “fairly serious” car accident will keep her off the shelf.

The UFC has not yet commented. It is unknown if Nunes will remain on UFC 219 or not.

We wish Rocky a speedy recovery!

Would you have liked to see this fight take place?

Source: MMA-Today.com

NICK

4 comments

  1. That sucks, both for Rocky and the UFC. It just seems like one injury after another for the poor girl. Next month will make over a year since she fought and given WMMA’s Ranking’s policy, the number 1 contender may no longer be ranked. With Rousey essentially retired, Holm likely to fight Cyborg, McMann having just lost, Pena out on pregnancy leave, Shevchenko, Davis and Carmouche dropping to 125, it appears the only top 10 contender left is Ketlen Vieira. Perhaps she’ll face off against Evinger for the right to challenge for the belt or maybe Holly won’t be fighting Cyborg next after all. Or maybe Shevchenko can get a rematch against Nunes sooner than she’d hoped. What do you think is most likely or is there another good option I’m overlooking?

    1. Those all sound like viable options at this point! It really is crazy when you think about the state of the bantamweight division currently. Honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised if Vieira gets the call to challenge sooner than later. The bantamweight division is in serious need of contenders right now. I have a feeling that Yana Kunitskaya will be getting offered a contract soon.

      1. Yep, Yana is probably not long for Invicta, but I would imagine that Tonya would get a shot at the title first. Invicta really needs to bolster its BW division as well. My, how things have changed. It wasn’t too long ago that the UFC was jamming with top contenders at BW. Tate, Nunes, Davis, Zingano, McMann, Holm, Kaufman, and even Correia had all recently won at least 5 out of their last 6 fights prior to Rousey’s demise. The only problem though in finding an opponent for Rousey, was that in most of their cases that one loss was to Rousey.

    2. Zingano has been away since 2016…anyone know what’s going on with Cat? Evinger or Viera vs. Zingano is a possibility. I hope Holly does not take the Cyborg fight. If she doesn’t W, it’s another L on her record and she’s no further ahead in either Division. Nunes said after Rousey defense that 2-3 more fights and she may retire. Shevchenko was 1 win…was 219 to be the 2nd (last) one?

      125 is going to take alot of movement from the W’s divisions on both sides. It’s going to be interesting to see how this all falls out. More signings from Invicta? One?

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