Nunes beat Pennington for the title at UFC 224
Amanda Nunes dominated the ring against Raquel Pennington in the main event of UFC 224 held in Brazil. The 135-pound “Lioness” put on a great show dominating almost 90% of the fight which included four hard fighting rounds.
Nunes was the more accurate and active striker in the fight, landing 149-of-300 punches thrown to Pennington’s 79 of 210. Nunes appeared to hurt Pennington badly in the fourth round when she busted up her nose to the point that blood started spilling out. When Pennington went to her corner after the round, she told her coaches she was done, but her coaches told her to keep going.
Undoubtedly Nunes was the more accurate and active fighter in the ring landing 149-of-300 punches thrown to Pennington’s 79 of 210. In the fourth round, Nunes busted open Pennington’s nose and blood started to spill out without any stoppage. After the round when Pennington went to her corner she said to her coach that this is it and she can’t fight anymore.
“I’m done, I want to be done,” Pennington said.
“No, no, no, no, no, no,” her coach replied. “C’mon girl. I know it hurts, I know. Let’s power through this, alright. Change your mindset. Throw her everything we got. We’ll recover later.”
In the fifth round, Nunes continued the assault and targeted the injured area. She landed a vicious knee on Penn’s nose again which resulted in opening the wound even more badly. The blood was coming out and the referee can in to stop the fight which resulted in Nunes’s victory.
“I respect these girls so much. [Tecia] used to train me. I like those girls so much. It was hard to me. But I had to defend the belt. I had to do it. It was the hardest fight of my career to fight this girl. Now, we’re friends. Right now, we are friends. We are going to leave this cage and we are going to have a beer.”
Nunes (16-4) now owns a seven-fight winning streak and has a case as one of the best women’s MMA fighters to ever step into the Octagon with wins over Pennington, Ronda Rousey, Miesha Tate and Valentina Shevchenko.
UFC 224 card/results
Amanda Nunes (c) def. Raquel Pennington via fifth-round TKO (punches)
Kelvin Gastelum def. Jacare Souza via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Mackenzie Dern def. Amanda Cooper via first-round submission (Rear-naked choke)
John Lineker def. Brian Kelleher via third-round KO (punch)
via second-round KO (Front kick)
Cezar Ferreira def. Karl Roberson via first-round submission (Arm triangle)
Aleksei Oleinik def. Junior Albini via first-round submission (Ezekiel choke)
Davi Ramos def. Nick Hein via first-round submission (rear-naked choke)
Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos def. Sean Strickland via first-round TKO (punches)