UFC 224 Highlights: Amanda Nunes Butchers Raquel Pennington

Florence Fletcher
May 13, 2018

Nunes (16-4) became women's bantamweight champion at UFC 200, where she demolished former champion Miesha Tate in just one round. Nunes looked to have a clear speed advantage and her output was higher.

The big event's show-piece bout is really a women's bantamweight title fight between champion Amanda Nunes and Raquel Pennington. Nunes delivered several knees to Pennington's face in the fourth, leaving her faced bloodied. 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.

Nunes and Pennington are friends away from the cage, and that probably won't change.

Between rounds, Pennington's corner urged her not to allow Nunes to march her down and keep her back against the fence. The fight was stood back up. Nunes outclassed Pennington for the duration of the first round, as Pennington was never really able to get an offensive going consistently. The Brazilian star in the making connected on a huge overhand right and used it to set up a rear-naked choke finish at 2:26 of the opening round.

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As the round moved forward, Nunes continued to land those kicks with Pennington's leg turning different multiple shades of purple and red as a result. Pennington ate another knee and went for a takedown. She repeatedly followed leg kicks with head blows early on, backing Pennington up to the edge of the Octagon and leaving the outside of her left leg bright purple and red from the repeated strikes.

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.

A dominant fourth round saw a freakish 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.

Souza attempted to take the fight to the ground on a number of occasions, with his younger opponent making him pay on his final effort with crisp shots before the final bell.

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