is back on track in a big way.
After losing four of his last five Octagon appearances, the
Dana White’s Contender Series alum kicked off
his 2023 campaign in style with a resounding knockout of Damon
Jackson in the
UFC Fight Night 217 co-main event at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas
on Saturday night. Not only did it earn “50K” a post-fight bonus to
match his moniker, but it also allowed him to maintain his hold on
the No. 15 ranking at 145 pounds, a position that was looking
tenuous heading into Saturday night.
Pennington ruined the promotion’s best laid plans at women’s
bantamweight with a split-decision triumph against Ketlen
Vieira, who entering the night seemed well-positioned as a
title contender on the heels of back-to-back triumphs over Holly Holm
and Miesha Tate.
Instead, it’s the third-ranked Pennington who extends her winning
streak to five, while the No. 6 Vieira goes back to the drawing
Strickland stepped up on short notice to outpoint Nassourdine
Imavov in the UFC Fight Night 217 main event, helping to erase
the sting of a two-fight losing streak to end 2022. However, since
the victory came at 205 pounds, it has no bearing on Strickland’s
No. 9 ranking at middleweight.
Note: Previous rankings listed in brackets.
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