Raquel Pennington will challenge Mayra Bueno Silva in Toronto for the vacant women’s bantamweight crown left vacant after Amanda Nunes retired. This contest will determine who becomes a new champion for this division of UFC women’s bantamweight fighting.
Both Pennington and Bueno Silva have had recent success on the main UFC stage, winning multiple fights consecutively; Pennington most recently won against Ketlen Vieira by split decision while Bueno Silva has seen her late-career renaissance take off by winning 3 out of her last 4 fights.
Bueno Silva brings an impressive combination of striking and grappling skills into the octagon. She has completed eight out of ten wins since entering competition, with four submissions. As an expert Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner she is not afraid of going down and using her power to control close quarters action; and boasts an excellent record in fights against larger opponents.
Pennington is a more proficient boxer than Silva; however, she can get caught in a clinch if she fails to stay out. That could prove risky against someone familiar with submission techniques like Silva; however Pennington’s defensive fundamentals have improved over the years as she developed a sturdy chin; this allows her to crowd Silva against walls of the octagon and prevent full extension on shots with clinches.
Both fighters are well-rounded, so this fight could be an up-and-down contest in close quarters. Pennington should emerge victorious if it goes to the ground as she has an edge as an experienced wrestler; she has also been working on improving her clinch game to provide an advantage against stronger opponents.
Pennington should try to finish this fight early in the first round. She has shown an ability to score finishes, while also improving her defensive fundamentals. By maintaining distance and throwing punching combinations she should prevent Silva from finding her rhythm early in the fight.
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Raquel Pennington vs Mayra Bueno Silva Fight Information
- Date: 01/20/2024
- Time: 11:25 PM ET
- Location: Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
- How to Watch Raquel Pennington vs Mayra Bueno Silva: ESPN+
- Live Stream: BT Sport.com