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Amanda Nunes knocks out Raquel Pennington at UFC 224 to retain bantamweight title

Nunes (16-4) punished Pennington with leg kicks and smashed the challenger's nose on her way to a technical knockout stoppage by referee Marc Goddard at the 2:36 mark of the last round.


Kahron Spearman


Amanda Nunes scored a dominant third defense of the UFC women's bantamweight title on Saturday at UFC 224 in Rio de Janeiro, getting the knockout win over Raquel Pennington in the fifth round.

 

Nunes (16-4) punished Pennington with leg kicks and smashed the challenger's nose on her way to a technical knockout stoppage by referee Marc Goddard at the 2:36 mark of the last round.

It's sad because you could avoid something. She went to the hospital. It might be a bad injury. ... It's sad. If she didn't have the right conditioning to fight, the coach should have thrown in the towel for sure. I think my coach wouldn't have let me go through that. It's sad. ... I think she really needs to surround herself with people that want the best for her so she can evolve in her next fight. Unfortunately, tonight he failed.

Perhaps all of that could've been avoided. Pennington (9-6) told her corner she was "done" before the start of the fifth round. 

 

However, in a decision what will be talked about in MMA circles, they talked her into going back out, only for Nunes to quickly score a takedown and light up her challenger with devastating hammer fists until the fight was stopped.

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