Raquel Pennington details 'really bad case' of COVID-19, hospitalization before UFC Fight Night 192

LAS VEGAS – Raquel Pennington beat Pannie Kianzad with a unanimous decision Saturday on the preliminary card at UFC Fight Night 192 in Las Vegas. Take a look inside the fight with Pennington, who fought for the first time in 15 months and won for the second straight time. Pennington on the fight's key moment LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 18: (L-R) Raquel Pennington punches Pannie Kianzad of Iran in a bantamweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on September 18, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC) “I wanted to go out there and have fun – to be myself and let my hands go. … I didn’t expect her to clinch with me so much and for us to spend so much time up against the cage, but that’s the fight game.” The unanimous decision goes to @RockyPMMA. What a fight ???? #UFCVegas37 pic.twitter.com/dhfxzmsaMC — UFC (@ufc) September 18, 2021 Pennington on her bout with COVID LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 18: (L-R) Pannie Kianzad of Iran punches Raquel Pennington in a bantamweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on September 18, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC) “It’s been a long year off, so it’s kind of just get back out there, shake that off – nothing better. … In April, I ended up getting COVID. I coach high school gymnastics, and I think from just being around the athletes there, I ended up catching a really bad case. It kind of just knocked me on my butt. It was pretty scary, honestly. I ended up in the hospital twice. I was on oxygen. I was on steroids for my heart and my lungs. The migraine was just one of a kind – it was pain that was going down my spine and they had no answers for me. “… I remember laying in bed one night and I was just like, ‘This can’t be it.’ Because I really felt like my body was just shutting down on me and I thought that was going to be the end of it. Fighting is a part of me, but it’s not who I am. At the end of the day, that was kind of one of those moments that gave you a real-life reality check. It taught me to be a lot more grateful of things.” Pennington on what he wants next “This has been the longest year off. It was an extremely frustrating year and it feels like it’s been one setback after another for a couple years now. … I’m healthy, so I want to at least enjoy myself for a week or two and then I want another fight before the end of the year. Anybody who’s in the top 10.” To hear more from Pennington, check out the video of he full post-fight interview above. Gallery UFC Fight Night 192: Best photos from Las Vegas view 55 images Gallery UFC Fight Night 192: Official scorecards from Las Vegas view 28 images

Raquel Pennington details 'really bad case' of COVID-19, hospitalization before UFC Fight Night 192

LAS VEGAS – Raquel Pennington beat Pannie Kianzad with a unanimous decision Saturday on the preliminary card at UFC Fight Night 192 in Las Vegas.

Take a look inside the fight with Pennington, who fought for the first time in 15 months and won for the second straight time.

Pennington on the fight's key moment

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 18: (L-R) Raquel Pennington punches Pannie Kianzad of Iran in a bantamweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on September 18, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

“I wanted to go out there and have fun – to be myself and let my hands go. … I didn’t expect her to clinch with me so much and for us to spend so much time up against the cage, but that’s the fight game.”

Pennington on her bout with COVID

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 18: (L-R) Pannie Kianzad of Iran punches Raquel Pennington in a bantamweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on September 18, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

“It’s been a long year off, so it’s kind of just get back out there, shake that off – nothing better. … In April, I ended up getting COVID. I coach high school gymnastics, and I think from just being around the athletes there, I ended up catching a really bad case. It kind of just knocked me on my butt. It was pretty scary, honestly. I ended up in the hospital twice. I was on oxygen. I was on steroids for my heart and my lungs. The migraine was just one of a kind – it was pain that was going down my spine and they had no answers for me.

“… I remember laying in bed one night and I was just like, ‘This can’t be it.’ Because I really felt like my body was just shutting down on me and I thought that was going to be the end of it. Fighting is a part of me, but it’s not who I am. At the end of the day, that was kind of one of those moments that gave you a real-life reality check. It taught me to be a lot more grateful of things.”

Pennington on what he wants next

“This has been the longest year off. It was an extremely frustrating year and it feels like it’s been one setback after another for a couple years now. … I’m healthy, so I want to at least enjoy myself for a week or two and then I want another fight before the end of the year. Anybody who’s in the top 10.”

To hear more from Pennington, check out the video of he full post-fight interview above.

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