MMA Preview – Holly Holm vs Raquel Pennington 2 at UFC 246

THE FACTS

When is UFC 246? Sunday 19th January, 2020 - 01:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC 246? T-Mobile Arena, Paradise, Nevada

What channel is UFC 246 on? BT Sport Box Office (£19.95)

Where can I stream UFC 246? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website

For viewers in the United States, the event will be shown live on ESPN+ which can you sign up to here!

Are tickets still available for UFC 246? https://www.ufc.com/tickets

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

The rematch between Holly Holm and Raquel Pennington is back on after Holm had to pull out of UFC 243 with an injury. Thankfully she is healthy to duke it out with fellow UFC veteran and support the main event between Conor McGregor and Donald Cerrone.

Holm took home the spoils in their first fight which was her welcome party to the UFC. The champion boxer was handed the stern test with the powerful grappler and although it was a split decision, she passed it with flying colours defending every takedown attempt.

Since then, Holm has had a storied UFC career going 5-5 including five title fights. She unforgettably head kicked Ronda Rousey out of ‘Goddess’ status but has struggled to replicate that feat coming up against some of the best female fighters in MMA history including Miesha Tate, Valentina Shevchenko, Germaine de Randamie, Cris Cyborg and Amanda Nunes who just handed her the first knockout of her career in devastating fashion.

Pennington has an unflattering record of 10-7 but that’s what happens when you fight the majority of your career in the UFC. Since suffering serious injuries outside the cage she has struggled to match the performance she pulled off against Miesha Tate although she was pitted against Nunes and De Randamie on her return. However, she got back to winning ways in her last fight against Irene Aldana with a split decision.

THE PREDICTION

Although their first fight was all the way back in 2015 and both fighters have improved considerably since, it is difficult to see this going a different way. Pennington has a clear grappling advantage and Holm has a clear striking advantage so it will all come down to Holm’s takedown defence which has got even better since their first fight.

Holm is expected to keep the fight on the feet and leverage her impeccable movement and cardio to outwork and out-strike Pennington with her durability dragging the fight to another decision.

Winner: Holm via Decision

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric.

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