“It was actually kind of funny because we went in there and then it turned out there were girls, including myself, who were into other girls and then other girls had boyfriends so it was like, ‘Well, you guys are kind of out of luck,’” Pennington said with a laugh.

Take that out of the equation, and the drama amongst fighters was very low. Miesha and Ronda were about to pick up the slack, but Pennington recalls complaints that the season was actually too laid-back. That changed at one point, at least for a moment.

“The guys decided that when it was Jessamyn Duke’s birthday they’d ask production to buy all the guys thongs and stuff and they gave her a strip show so we found a unique dynamic and just had fun,” Pennington said.