Mayra Bueno Silva shares honest take on upcoming UFC 297 title bout with Raquel Pennington: “Nobody wants to watch this fight”

By Harry Kettle - January 5, 2024

Mayra Bueno Silva has given her honest take on her upcoming UFC 297 title showdown with Raquel Pennington.

Mayra Bueno Silva

In the co-main event of UFC 297, Mayra Bueno Silva will battle Raquel Pennington for the UFC women’s bantamweight championship. It will mark the dawn of a new era following the retirement of Amanda Nunes last year.

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In the eyes of many fans, this is Bueno Silva’s fight to lose – especially after her blockbuster performance against Holly Holm last summer. While she’s had to overcome some adversity since then, she seems to be as prepared as she’s ever been for this opportunity.

Still, there are some critics out there who aren’t overly excited to see this contest. In a recent interview, Bueno Silva acknowledged this, but also promised to put on a show.

Bueno Silva’s honest thoughts

“I will dominate Raquel Pennington,” Bueno Silva told MiddleEasy. “I promise to give a big show. In the paper, it’s no good fight because nobody wants to watch this fight, I know. This fight on the paper is no good. But I promise I will give a big show for everybody.

“Everybody [will] go home and think about, ‘Hey, this girl, Mayra Bueno Silva, is the chosen one,’” she concluded.

“Raquel is more tough than Julianna,” Bueno Silva said. “Julianna, easy money.

“I think she’s tough and she has good [boxing] but she don’t have good jiu-jitsu and good takedowns,” she concluded. “I think I’m better than her at everything, but she’s tough, it’s hard to hurt her. I will knock her out. I believe this 100 percent.”

Quotes via MMA Mania

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