File this one under ‘Ouch, That Hurts’: Raquel Pennington was supposedly going to challenge Amanda Nunes for the female bantamweight belt, but the fight is off now because… she broke her leg.
That sucks. It sucks because Pennington has clawed her way into a contender slot after a lot of hard-won fights, it sucks because Nunes needs a viable opponent, and it sucks because broken legs are just awful.
As per MMAJunkie:
Pennington (9-5 MMA, 6-2 UFC) suffered a broken leg in car accident on Wednesday in Colorado. The accident happened just after verbal agreements were in place for a title bout with Nunes (15-4 MMA, 8-1 UFC) at UFC 219 on Dec. 30, Pennington’s management team told MMAjunkie. The news was first reported by Combate.
The incident comes just as Pennington was set to make a comeback from a more than year-long layoff. She defeated former champion Miesha Tate by unanimous decision at UFC 205 in November 2016, but afterward was forced to undergo shoulder surgery.
Pennington, No. 6 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA women’s bantamweight rankings, is still evaluating options on whether she’ll require surgery to repair the damage to her leg, a rep said.