UFC bantamweight Raquel “Rocky” Pennington has revealed that she hopes to make her return to the octagon in May 2018.
Pennington (9-5-0) suffered a severe leg injury this past October. She recently gave an update on her condition during a chat with MMA Fighting.
“I’m hoping — I wish it was tomorrow — I’m hoping that maybe around May,” said Pennington. “It feels like forever.
“It’s healing really well,” she added. “I’m in physical therapy an hour every single day, five days a week, and we’re just working at it, we’re trying to get the feeling back into the back of the leg. The bone is almost healed, so that’s a good thing. The big part is just waiting on the muscles.”
The 29-year-old says her return will definitely be against Amanda Nunes for the UFC bantamweight title.
“It’s pretty much in the talks that when I’m able to return that we will definitely fight each other, so I’m excited about that,” said Pennington. “It lifted my spirits a little bit. I obviously feel like I’m the No. 1 contender for that and I think Amanda feels the same way. I know that Tecia talks to them, they’re her friends, I think we’ve all built our own relationship throughout the sport fighting together.
“I have not personally talked to Amanda, but Tecia talked to them, they reached out to her, asked if I was doing okay, what happened, stuff like that, and just showed some concern.”
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