Vacant UFC Women’s Bantamweight Title Will Get New Owner At UFC 297

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Mayra Bueno Silva faces Raquel Pennington for nan vacant UFC women's bantamweight title astatine UFC 297 ... [+] successful January successful Toronto. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

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The UFC women’s bantamweight title has been vacant since Amanda Nunes retired aft defending that title against Irene Aldana astatine UFC 289 connected June 10, 2023. The 135-pound loop will get a caller proprietor astatine UFC 297 erstwhile Mayra Bueno Silva meets Raquel Pennington connected what is apt to beryllium an ESPN+ streaming pay-per-view card.

Nunes was successful her 2nd tally arsenic nan UFC women’s bantamweight champion erstwhile she defeated Aldana via unanimous decision. Nunes’ first tally arsenic nan 135-pound titleholder lasted from July 2016 done December 2021. During her clip pinch that loop Nunes defeated immoderate of nan biggest names successful nan sport, including Miesha Tate, Ronda Rousey, and Holly Holm. Her tally pinch nan title ended astatine UFC 269 erstwhile Julianna Pena submitted Nunes successful nan 2nd information of their matchup. Nunes regained nan loop successful July 2022 pinch a determination triumph complete Pena. Her triumph complete Aldana was nan first defense of her 2nd title reign.

Nunes besides held nan UFC women’s featherweight title from December 2018 done her status successful 2023. She won nan loop pinch an awesome knockout of Cris Cyborg and defended nan title doubly earlier retiring.

Mayra Bueno Silva is nan No. 3 combatant successful nan official UFC women’s bantamweight rankings. The 32-year-old Brazilian is 3-0 pinch 1 nary title up of UFC 297. Bueno Silva is coming disconnected a submission triumph complete Holm successful July. That triumph was later overturned and ruled a nary title erstwhile Bueno Silva grounded a supplier trial for a prescribed (but undisclosed) ADHD medication. Bueno Silva’s suspension ended connected November 29.

Raquel Pennington is nan No. 2 combatant successful nan charismatic UFC women’s bantamweight rankings. UFC 297 marks Pennington’s 2nd changeable astatine nan 135-pound title. The 35-year-old faced Nunes for nan title successful May 2018 astatine UFC 224. Nunes won that conflict via TKO successful nan 5th round. Pennington is presently riding a five-fight winning streak. Her astir caller triumph was a January 2023 split-decision triumph complete Ketlen Vieira.

AG Fight was nan first outlet to break nan news of nan upcoming women’s title fight. MMA Fighting confirmed nan news.

UFC 297 takes spot successful Toronto, Ontario, Canada connected January 20, 2024. The promotion has yet to denote a venue for nan upcoming event. The UFC has not visited Toronto since UFC 231 successful December 2018. That conflict paper was headlined by then-UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway defending his title against Brian Ortega.

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