Friday December 30th in Las Vegas, Ronda Rousey made her hugely anticipated return to MMA competition losing to Amanda Nunes in just 48 seconds via TKO. Over a week later, UFC’s Raquel Pennington has now revealed she was one of Ronda Rousey’s sparring partners for UFC 207, but she is not allowed to talk about it.
“I can’t really talk about how sparring went or what we did,” Pennington told ESPN. “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.”
Rousey went on to lose in devestating fashion. Pennington hopes Rousey will decide to fight again, in order to finish her career on a high.
“I would hope she wouldn’t finish her career like that,” Pennington said. “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.”
In 2016, Pennington became one of the top contenders in the UFC’s bantamweight division. She is coming off a unanimous decision victory over former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion and legend of the sport, Miesha Tate at UFC 205 in November.