Elimination fight #5: Jessamyn Duke (Team Rousey) vs. Raquel Pennington (Team Tate)
Round 1: Touch off gloves and Duke looks like a giant in there. The former Invicta fighter is very busy with her hands. One minute in and Pennington has yet to get going. They tie up against the cage and Duke locks in a deep standing guillotine but Pennington outlasts her arm and works free, but not before eating multiple knees to the leg. Back to the center of the cage and Duke is setting a heck of a pace. Rocky is game but getting out-struck. Penny starts to turn up the heat in the final two minutes and lands a couple of flurries. Duke gets momentarily lit up but comes back firing. They trade evenly until the bell. Close round that I give to Duke via early aggression and sub attempt.
Round 2: We pick up right where we left off. It's actually a replay of round one, as Duke is busy with strikes and Pennington is slow to start, even though Coach Tate keeps yelling, "You're on fire, Rocky!" Duke bumrushes and initiates the clinch, landing a few knees to the dome before Penny can break free. Duke is landing more shots, but Penny looks to be doing more damage. Duke gets tagged hard and backed into the fence but powers out with knees. Penny continues her onslaught and goes batshit with strikes, all of which land. Duke somehow survives and gets the clinch again. More knees. Hard left from Penny and Duke is in trouble but still fights back. Damn these ladies are tough. 30 seconds left and they continue to whale on each other until time expires. 10-9 Pennington.
Round 3: Touch of gloves and Pennington opens more aggressively than in rounds one and two. Duke lands a nice combo but eats a thudding leg kick. Pennington puts two to the dome. Duke continues to get backed up. Penny starts getting tagged and does some retreating of her own as the reach comes into play. One minutes left and it's full rock 'em/sock 'em robot, with Duke appearing to get the worse end of it. As I say that, she clinches and lands a couple of brutal knees. Pennington is a bloody mess. Duke looks like hamburger meat. Fight over. 10-9 Penny.
Final result: Pennington def. Duke via decision
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