Raquel Pennington: A Champion’s Stand Against Homophobia
Raquel Pennington, the newly crowned UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion, is making waves beyond the octagon. Following her triumphant victory over Mayra Bueno Silva at UFC 297, Pennington is using her elevated platform to address critical social issues. Her comments come in the wake of Sean Strickland’s controversial remarks on LGBTQ+ matters.
Strickland, known for his unfiltered approach, sparked backlash with comments made during a UFC 297 pre-fight press conference. Previously, he has been critical of women’s MMA, likening female fighters to “children fighting.” Pennington, who is married to fellow UFC strawweight Tecia Torres, expressed her pain over such judgments.
“It hurts when people like him judge others,” Pennington shared with Sportsnet.
She emphasized that while Strickland’s words don’t change her happiness or heart, they could significantly impact others. Pennington’s focus remains on mutual learning and understanding, despite the negativity.
White: UFC won’t censor fighters’ opinions.
UFC President Dana White responded differently, stating that the UFC doesn’t intend to censor fighters’ opinions. Meanwhile, Torres hasn’t fought since a split decision loss to Mackenzie Dern in April 2022.