Holm (12-5-0) is going to be competing for the first time since losing to UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Amanda Nunes via first round TKO at UFC 239. Holm has competed in a total of five title bouts while competing in the UFC, having won just one and that came against Ronda Rousey at UFC 193. Holm and Pennington first met back at UFC 184 in February of 2015, with that win coming by way of split decision.
Pennington (10-7-0) has won just one of her last three under the UFC banner, with that lone win coming over Irene Aldana at UFC Fight Night San Antonio. Pennington has previously challenged for the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Title, losing to the aforementioned Nunes at UFC 224. Pennington has competed a total of seventeen times as a professional MMA fighter and eleven of those encounters went the distance.
UFC 243 takes place on Saturday, October 5 from the Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, Australia with Robert Whittaker and Israel Adesanya headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.