Pennington is a bit robotic in the ring, but she packs power and is only 25 years old so she has plenty of time to grow. To build her brand the UFC needs to bring her along slowly. Otherwise, she could have a .500 record or worse before ever making a dent. An opponent like Germaine de Randamie would make sense based on an equivalent lack of experience and the potential to entertain based on her willingness to trade strikes when necessary.
Every win under the UFC banner is important. However, some victories stand out more than others, especially when you’re an up and coming competitor looking to make an impact in the Octagon. A number of athletes fitting that bill took to the cage on Saturday night at the Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale including Chris Holdsworth and Julianna Pena, the organization’s newest TUF champions. Here’s a look at some of the top performances from the show and what the efforts may mean to the futures of each involved fighter. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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