The ladies kicked off the TUF 18 Finale main card, and they did a pretty good job. Raquel Pennington seemed a little put off by Roxanne Modafferi's brisk pace early, but she was able to work her way through it to control the last two rounds and almost finished the fight late. The judges leaned Pennington's way after 15 minutes, giving her a unanimous decision victory with 30-27, 30-27, and 29-28 scores.
Modafferi started strong, putting together a bunch of combinations that had Pennington backing off. She wasn't able to get a takedown though, and Pennington brought harder strikes that were probably more accurate.
The second and third rounds were pretty similar - Pennington landed some hard shots and ended up on top. Modafferi looked for subs from the bottom but couldn't get anything.
Pennington was able to lock up a guillotine late in the fight and had Roxy in danger, but she was able to hold on until the final bell.
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