Not much is known about former bantamweight world champion Ronda Rousey's training and sparring since her team and coach Edmond Tarverdyan keep things close to the chest. As it turns out, Team Rousey is even more secretive than any of us realized.
Top bantamweight title contender #RaquelPennington recently told ESPN's Brett Okamoto that A. She sparred with #RondaRousey to help Ronda prepare for her ill-fated UFC 207 main event bout against Amanda Nunes and B. That she had to sign a non-disclosure agreement in order to lock up with The Rowdy One.
"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," she said, after detailing how Rousey inquired about doing some work together after they ran into one another at UFC 205 weigh-ins.
"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.
"A lot of us are friends outside the Octagon. I'm always up for challenges. Everybody brings something new to the table. It was definitely a solid experience."
Pennington is red-hot right now, having won her last four bouts. In November "Rocky" dominated former two-time world champ Miesha Tate en route to a unanimous decision at UFC 205.
The TUF veteran's momentum may be stalled a bit now by injuries, however. ESPN reported that she underwent surgery to repair a torn bicep as well as her labrum and rotator cuff last week, and expects her recovery to take six to nine months.
Pennington still rightly expects to be considered a top contender upon her return, however. "I think I'm at the top, obviously," she continued.
"I think I've proven myself and will continue to prove myself. I still haven't gotten the credit I completely deserve, but the UFC sees great things within me."