REPORT: Holly Holm to face Raquel Pennington at UFC 243

Robert Vallejos, MMATorch Managing Editor

Holly Holm vs. Raquel Pennington
Jul 20, 2019; San Antonio, TX, USA; Raquel Pennington (red gloves) fights Irene Aldana (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at AT&T Center. Pennington won by split decision. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports Jun 9, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; Holly Holm (red gloves) fights Megan Anderson (blue gloves) during UFC 225 at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODA

Holly Holm to face Raquel Pennington at UFC 243 in Melbourne.

Holly Holm has spent the last several years trying to recapture the magic that she created in Melbourne, Australia; on Oct. 5, she will get to once again fight at the site of her historic victory.

According to a report by ESPN, Holly Holm and fellow bantamweight Raquel Pennington will fight UFC 243 on Oct. 5 in Melbourne, Australia.

The report notes that the fight has not been officially signed, but both camps have verbally agreed to the fight.

The last time the UFC was in Melbourne, Holm shocked the sports world when she defeated the previously undefeated Ronda Rousey, via second-round KO at UFC 193.

Since that fateful night in November 2015, Holm has has had an active but mediocre career.

After her triumph over Rousey, Holm quickly lost her title to Miesha Tate, and subsequently dropped  decisions to Valentina Shevchenko and Germaine de Randamie.

Holm would rebound with a KO victory over Bethe Correia. However, she failed in her attempt to dethrone then-featherweight champion Cris Cyborg, but she would later earn a decision victory over Megan Anderson.

However, in July, Holm would get finished quickly by current bantamweight/featherweight champion Amanda Nunes. After the fight, UFC president Dana White implied that Holm should consider retirement.

Before her championship opportunities, Holm debuted in the UFC in February 2015, earning a controversial split-decision victory over Raquel Pennington.

In the wake of her loss to Holm, Pennington won her next four fights, with victories over Jessica Andrade, Bethe Correia, Elizabeth Phillips, and Miesha Tate.

Pennington’s impressive streak earned her a bantamweight title shot against Amanda Nunes at UFC 224. Nunes would finish Pennington in the fifth-round.

In her next fight, Pennington dropped a decision to Germaine de Randamie, before gaining a split-decision win over Irene Aldana.

UFC 243 will be headlined by a middleweight title unification fight between Robert Whittaker and Israel Adesanya.

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