“I actually talked to Ronda the night of the weigh-ins in New York [before UFC 205],” said Pennington. “I bumped into Ronda and she asked if she could contact me and bring me out for some work. I’ve been out to Los Angeles to see her and [teammate] Shayna Baszler before. A lot of us are friends outside the Octagon. I’m always up for challenges. Everybody brings something new to the table. It was definitely a solid experience.”
Pennington, who earned an impressive decision win over Tate, later revealed she had to cut her involvement in Rousey’s camp short after reaggravating a shoulder injury she suffered in camp ahead of her bout with Tate.
But as far as how Rousey’s sparring actually? Pennington isn’t at liberty to say much of anything.
“I can’t really talk about how sparring went or what we did,” said Pennington. “Ronda asked me to sign a non-disclosure agreement, so I did. All I can say is the fact I was able to put in work with her and that it was solid work. I can’t say too much more than that.”
But for Pennington, she’s keeping her fingers crossed.
“I would hope so,” said Pennington. “I would hope she wouldn’t finish her career like that. Obviously, I’d say that about anybody. Any athlete, you wouldn’t want to see them go out like that. It’d be good to see her pick her head up and get in there and get another fight in.”
The UFC has yet to announce Pennington’s next opponent.