Newly topped girls’s bantamweight champion Raquel Pennington captured the title by defeating Mayra Bueno Silva within the UFC 297 co-main occasion. On Tuesday, Pennington revealed that she was sick throughout the championship bout.
“I awoke tremendous sick that morning. I type of questioned the whole lot,” Pennington advised UFC Unfiltered. “I had an excellent struggle week. Issues had been going alright, going nicely. Once we first began to journey to Canada I began getting slightly sick and I used to be like, okay. So I referred to as the UFC and requested them after I might take and stuff to type of get issues underneath management. I feel simply going by means of the load reduce and breaking down my physique I awoke so sick.
“The morning of the struggle I used to be really on the treadmill sprinting. I felt like I had razor blades behind my throat, so I used to be actually nervous to enter a five-round struggle,” continued Pennington. “I am ready. I am conditioned however then having a chilly on prime of that, probably not capable of breath, a lot strain in my sinuses already. Waking up and having a headache. To consider going right into a struggle with a headache actually freaked me out.”
“Rocky” entered the struggle not feeling nicely, however was capable of win by way of unanimous determination and take residence the vacant belt.
“My muscle tissue felt actually fatigued. You understand how such as you’re beginning to get sick and you’ve got like these physique aches and the whole lot occurring,” she defined. “I advised my coaches, ‘that is going to harm.’ I had the physique aches and stuff occurring and I am on the point of go get right into a struggle. I do not know what number of occasions I advised them, ‘that is going to harm.'”