Inaugural women’s featherweight champion Germaine de Randamie returns to the UFC after more than one year away from the octagon, and she faces onetime women’s bantamweight title challenger Raquel Pennington.
The UFC today announced a trio of bouts for UFC Fight Night 139, which takes place Nov. 10 at Pepsi Center in Denver. Broadcast plans for the event have yet to be announced, but the event’s main card is expected to air on FS1 following prelims on UFC Fight Pass.In February 2017, de Randamie (8-3 MMA, 4-1 UFC) won the inaugural women’s featherweight title in a controversial unanimous decision over ex-bantamweight champ Holly Holm at UFC 208. After she announced her return to bantamweight and refused to fight then-No. 1 contender Cris Cyborg, the promotion stripped her of the belt.De Randamie was expected to return to the octagon atUFC Fight Night 115, and then at UFC Fight Night 125 opposite Ketlen Vieira, but a persistent hand injury forced her to withdraw and ultimately required surgery.Standing opposite the ex-champ is Pennington (9-6 MMA, 6-3 UFC), who makes her first appearance since a failed bid for the bantamweight belt against champ Amanda Nunes. In an interview this past month, Pennington spoke about turning over a new leaf after re-injuring her leg during a title fight and facing criticism over her coach’s role in the fight. She requested a fight with Cat Zingano, who remains unbooked.Also announced for the card is a women’s strawweight matchup between Ashley Yoder (5-4 MMA, 0-3 UFC) and Amanda Cooper (3-4 MMA, 2-3 UFC). Yoder and Cooper both fell short against Mackenzie Dern in their previous octagon appearances; Yoderis in dire need of a win following three straight losses.As previously reported, Dana White Contender Series Maycee Barber (5-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) gets her call to the big show, facing off against Maia Stevenson (6-5 MMA, 0-1 UFC), who was recently submitted in her octagon debut.For more on UFC Fight Night 139, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.