Nunes bloodies Pennington, defends belt by TKO

Arnold Nichols
May 13, 2018

Amanda Nunes' UFC women's bantamweight championship reign has consisted entirely of upset victories, as she's come into each of her three title fights as an underdog.

In the main event of UFC 224, Nunes defended her women's bantamweight title against Pennington.

Before the decisive round, Pennington was heard saying "I'm done", but her coach insisted she should return to the bout.

Nunes enters as a minus-900 (risking $9 to win $1) favorite against Raquel Pennington, who comes back at plus-600 (risking $1 to win $6).

The third frame began and Nunes avoided a takedown attempt.

But Pennington didn't have anything left in the tank, and Nunes went in for the finish, pinning Pennington on her back around the 3:00 mark. This round was all Nunes and blood formed from the nose of Pennington. Pennington showed a ton of heart surviving as long as she did, but Nunes poured it on in the final frame to get the win.

"I live in the USA, but I'm from Brazil and I represent Brazil with the flag and my belt", Nunes told the crowd after her sixth straight win. This resulted in Nunes dragging Pennington to the ground and finishing off the challenger. The time of the stoppage was 2:36 of the fifth round. That run included her forty-eight second decimation of Ronda Rousey, who has since left the sport well alone, pursuing a career in the WWE. Prior to Torres relocating to Colorado, she was a close friend and teammate with Nunes and her fiancée Nina Ansaroff so the champion admitted afterwards that this was arguably her toughest fight to date because she was facing someone she considered a friend. It was very hard for me this fight.

'Michael Bisping, I'm still waiting for you, man, ' Machida said in his post fight interview. I had to do it to defend this belt, defend my biggest dream. Pennington's corner sent her out anyway, and she took a hellacious, bloody beating before the fight was waved off.

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