Raquel Pennington will be taking on former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Miesha Tate at UFC 205, in fact, their bout will be kicking off the pay-per-view portion of the card.
While a lot of the fighters competing on the historic card may be feeling the pressure, Pennington is definitely not one of them.
“I’m not really looking for the pressure, so I just kind of take it away from myself,” Pennington told MMA Junkie. “It’s something that I think I’ll let set into reality and absorb after all this is said and done. But right now, it’s just another fight for me. It’s against a tough opponent, but I’ve just got to go in there and focus on what I can control.”
While Pennington is not feeling the pressure ahead of UFC 205, you may be wondering just what the fighter is feeling at the moment.
“I feel phenomenal; I’m extremely excited, calm, confident,” Pennington said. “It definitely is (the biggest fight of my career). She’s been around for a while. I think the up-and-coming fighters are dangerous. I’m one of those up-and-coming fighters. I plan to be the better fighter in all aspects. I know she’s tough, but I’ll just be tougher. I think I’ve kind of always been the darkhorse in women’s MMA, so I’m finally getting the spotlight that I deserve. “It’s just exciting, I’m grateful to be a part of this opportunity, making history and whatnot. But I just really try to avoid the pressure. I’m just focusing on it being another big fight in front of another big crowd.”
UFC 205 takes place on Saturday, November 12 from Madison Square Garden in New York, New York with Eddie Alvarez and Conor McGregor headlining.