Known for her more discreet stance outside the octagon, Rachel Pennington made an exception to counter attacks made by Sean Strickland to women’s MMA. In an interview with ‘The MMA Hour’, the recently crowned bantamweight champion (61 kg) of UFC condemned the American fighter’s controversial statements and classified them as “disgusting”.
Pennington also made a point of leaving a message for the former UFC middleweight champion (84 kg) by praising the evolution of women’s MMA, which, in his view, shows that women have arrived to occupy their space in the sport. It is worth remembering that, in recent months, Strickland made derogatory comments regarding mixed martial arts fighters, stating that they promote “boring” shows inside the Octagon.
“At the end of the day, people will always talk, they will always have their opinions. You can have your own opinion, but at the end of the day, you’re not going to affect my life. What you do with your life doesn’t affect me. I just think it was disgusting of him to even care about us as human beings, our lifestyle and the comments he was making. MMA has grown a lot – women are here, we are here to stay. The divisions are growing, you have a lot of young promises emerging”, commented Pennington.
Interestingly, the duo performed at the same event recently, but with opposite results. In the main fight of UFC 297, held on January 20, in Canada, Sean Strickland lost the middleweight belt to Dricus du Plessis, after being defeated by a split decision from the judges. In turn, Raquel Pennington won the organization’s women’s bantamweight title in the night’s co-main event, with a points triumph over Brazilian Mayra Sheetara.