UFC 224: Twitter reacts to Amanda Nunes vs. Raquel Pennington

Rex Christensen
May 14, 2018

Now, we're friends. We're gonna have a beer in celebration, ' Nunes said. It's sad because you could avoid something.

However, those instructions appeared to go in one ear and out the other as she continued to retreat and eat even more brutal leg kicks, which were slowly but surely restricting her movement. She went out on her shield. It's sad. If she didn't have the right conditioning to fight, the coach should have thrown in the towel for sure. And I would have done the same thing because sometimes when you're exhausted and you don't think you have enough left, your coach's job is to pull the most out of you.

As for Pennington, she showed incredible toughness throughout the fight, although her corner didn't do her any favors by not stopping the contest when their athlete said she was done.

Nunes was more than happy to oblige, and the notoriously fast starter immediately fell into a rhythm that was aggressive, yet controlled. The bout was the first to serve as a UFC PPV headliner with two openly gay fighters.

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"I kind of think that if it was a male fight, it wouldn't be such a hot topic of discussion. This is the first time ever", she said. "Now I don't know if I will get it, but hopefully I will". She used to train with us.

"When it comes to finish this bout, something I've dreamed about for so long, I have to do it. Tonight was my belt, but the first thing was the respect and the friendship we have".

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According to Fightmetric, Nunes outlanded Pennington in total strikes 152-79. Pennington managed to take Nunes down in the second round, but the champion managed to get back to her feet and withstood a solid combination.

With such an outpour of support for Pennington and criticism aimed at her cornermen for saying they'll recover later, when she's the one inside the Octagon, some form of action needs to be taken as Pennington deserves a lot better than this.

The women's bantamweight champion believes the coach should have listened to the fighter and not allowed her to continue, especially since they were aware that she had suffered a broken nose in round four.

Nunes, for her part, said she felt Pennington's corer had "failed".

Nunes has now won seven in a row and has recorded 11 career knockout victories.

Nunes's victory was her third successive title defence, and her seventh-straight victory, as she underlined her status as one of the most dominant forces in women's MMA.

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