Following Rousey’s devastating loss to Amanda Nunes at UFC 207, Kenny Florian reported he had heard the star may not have done much sparring, prior to the bout. Rousey’s camp reached out to Florian, however, and informed him that the Judoka did in fact spar. Pennington was one of the women that was brought into spar with Rousey.
Well, since then, Pennington spoke with ESPN. When the #5 ranked bantamweight was asked if she could provide any insights regarding her sparring sessions with Rousey, Pennington said this:
I can’t really talk about how sparring went or what we did. Ronda asked me to sign a non-disclosure agreement, so I did. All I can say is the fact I was able to put in work with her and that it was solid work. I can’t say too much more than that.
Obviously a lot of people would like to hear Pennington’s thoughts on this, but it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen. Pennington was also asked if she thinks Rousey will fight again, and “Rocky” said “I hope so”, and noted she doesn’t want to see the star end her career “like that”.”
As far as Pennington’s career, following her dominant win over Miesha Tate in November, she’s undergone shoulder surgery and won’t be back until mid 2017.