Tecia Torres, Raquel Pennington Announce They Are Expecting

Tecia Torres and Raquel Pennington, UFC
Tecia Torres and Raquel Pennington Credit: Instagram

One of MMA’s most notable fighting couples is expecting their first child together.

UFC stars Raquel Pennington (bantamweight) and Tecia Torres (strawweight) have announced they are expecting their first child, due in June of 2023.

“We have a little extra to be thankful for this year. Happy Thanksgiving from our growing family to yours. Baby Pennington coming June 2023,” the couple announced on social media on Thursday, via Torres’ Instagram profile. “We are beyond excited and feel incredibly blessed. Mommies love you so much sweet baby and we can’t wait for this life with you.”

Or, as Pennington put it in her own post, “we have an extra turkey in the oven this year.”

Torres will reportedly be putting her fighting career on hold, for obvious reasons. The duo announced they had gotten hitched earlier this year, and are clearly wasting no time expanding their family.

“Just call me Mrs. Pennington. We made it official today. I married my greatest love. I can’t wait for these next chapters of life together baby,” Torres wrote at the time.

In the cage, Torres last competed at UFC 273 this past April, falling to Mackenzie Dern in a close split decision. The loss snapped a three-fight win streak for “The Tiny Tornado,” 33-years old.

Pennington, 34, is a former UFC bantamweight title challenger, who competed in a memorable bout with Amanda Nunes in in 2018 that had many lauding her for her toughness, while questioning why her corner refused to throw in the towel late in a fight that had become difficult to watch.

After a bit of a rough patch, “Rocky” has turned things around more recently, having won her last four contests — the most recent also coming in April, when she defeated Aspen Ladd.

One fight prior, Pennington had strayed north to featherweight for a single fight, defeating TUF 28 winner Macy Chiasson care of a guillotine choke.