When it seemed that her title opportunity would be brushed to the side to make way for a Cris Cyborg and Amanda Nunes “superfight,” Raquel Pennington was upset to say the least.
On a recent edition of the MMA Hour, Pennington expressed her frustration to Ariel Helwani.
“I have to admit I was frustrated with it and I started making calls right away because I don’t find that very fair at all,” Pennington said (via MMA Fighting). “I think I’ve definitely earned this spot and I think that fight deserved to be mine. So the fact that they’re just wanting to see a superfight really pissed me off, given the fact that Cyborg’s in a completely different division and then you’re trying to take the champion from our division and create this huge superfight.”
“You just want another girl with another name or two Brazilians? Like, what’s happening here? So there was a lot of frustration there, but it’s kind of one of those things that it’s not really in your control so why let it bother you so much?”
Pennington also discussed the frustration that other fighters are dealing with regarding “superfights.”
“For me, it kind of feels like the worth is being taken away a little bit, I guess you can say, from the championship belts and stuff like that, just because so much stuff is being thrown around and sometimes it feels more of entertainment than it does for sport,” Pennington said.
“But at the end of the day, whatever’s bringing money in for them and like I said, there are some things that are out of your control and you’ve gotta just kind of go with the flow of it.”
Pennington’s most recent fight prior to injury was at UFC 205 when she retired Miesha Tate.
Original Story: MMA Fighting