Up-and-coming women’s bantamweight fighter Raquel Pennington was looking to make a statement when she entered The Octagon at UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden in New York City Saturday night, and make it she did against Miesha Tate.
Pennington was looking for a signature win to help her climb the ladder toward a title shot, and she got it with a unanimous decision victory over the No. 1 ranked contender in her class, former champion Miesha Tate, in the opening bout of the main card of UFC 205.
According FightMetric, Pennington outpointed Tate, 111 to 48, in total strikes and 43 to 21 in significant strikes. Both fighters were even with one takedown each, but Pennington was one for one while Tate was one for five in attempts. Also, Pennington had three submission attempts.
While Tate was the more active fighter in the first round, Pennington proved to be the more accurate, landing 14 of her 27 strikes against the 12-for-34 total her opponent landed. Despite Tate getting a takedown, Pennington countered with two submission attempts.
Then, in the second round, Pennington more than doubled the amount of strikes that Tate connected on, 55 to 26, and 24 of those were considered significant. Also, she defended Tate’s lone takedown attempt of the round.
Pennington wrapped up the victory by landing 42 of her 55 strikes, securing a takedown and attempting a submission in the third and final round of the fight.