UFC 224 official weigh-in - Raquel Pennington vs. Amanda Nunes

May 13, 2018, 14:13
UFC 224 official weigh-in - Raquel Pennington vs. Amanda Nunes

Amanda Nunes bludgeoned Raquel Pennington for more than 20 bloody minutes on her way to retaining the 135-pound strap.

Nunes has said before the fight didn't happen because of timing, but that she'd be open to it this summer. Pennington didn't appear intimidated at the start but an early powerful leg kick by Nunes sent her to the floor. Pennington's nose began running blood like a faucet, she turtled up and it was soon over.

After a pair of failed attempts while backed against the cage, Pennington scored a takedown of Nunes late in the second round to slow the steady onslaught from the champion. Nunes outclassed Pennington for the duration of the first round, as Pennington was never really able to get an offensive going consistently.

With a heavy undercard and Nunes defending her bantamweight championship, UFC 224 should pack quite the punch on Saturday night.

After being taken down in the second, Nunes returned the favor in the third as she slammed Pennington down to the mat.

But Nunes was never in trouble and continued to attack a tired Pennington throughout. A Nunes knee to Pennington's face seemed to break Pennington's nose.

Pennington got her chance on May 12, but did not come home with the gold.

"I live in the US, but I'm from Brazil and I represent Brazil with the flag and my belt", Nunes told the crowd after her sixth straight win. They trotted their fighter back out instead of protect her. Pennington wrapped up the arms of Nunes to avoid any damage. This earned the Brazilian a stoppage at the 2:36 mark of the final round.

'Michael Bisping, I'm still waiting for you, man, ' Machida said in his post fight interview. "This was the hardest thing I did in my career".

A dominant fourth round saw a freaky and absurd end as at the end of the round, Pennington returned to the corner and wanted out of the fight, due to a broken twisted nose. But I had to defend the belt. Current UFC women's featherweight champion Cris Cyborg.

Pennington had had enough by the end of the fourth round, but her corner persuaded her to continue the contest, although the fifth didn't last long. Whether or not there will be fallout from that situation remains to be seen.

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