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Amanda Nunes drops Raquel Pennington with final-round TKO

14 May, 2018, 00:15 | Author: Greg Wolfe
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UFC women's bantamweight champion Amanda "The Lioness" Nunes continued her reign with a fifth-round stoppage of American Raquel Pennington on Saturday night.

Safety comes first. While a fighter will always give whatever they have left in the tank to go out and not only win a fight, but capture a championship in hostile territory, it's wise to wave off the fight and pull your fighter out of the Octagon when they admit they are done and can't go on any further.

"I'm done, I'm done", she said. A Nunes knee appeared to break Pennington's nose and with the result looking like a foregone conclusion, she told her corner that she had had enough.

It emerged that Pennington's corner forced her to fight the fifth round despite the Colorado-born fighter saying she was "done" and wanted the fight to be over with.

Nunes, who beat Ronda Rousey in the latter's most recent MMA fight, dominated the fight. "I really think she needs to surround herself with people who want the best for her so she can really evolve for her next fights". Pennington's movement was visibly compromised and Nunes began landing punches and dropped her a second time with a leg kick. "Unfortunately, tonight he failed".

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Despite being significantly down on the scorecards, Pennington showed no urgency and stuck to the strategy which saw her opponent build up an unassailable led on the judges' scorecards. She went out there, and she got finished. "Now I don't know if I will get it, but hopefully I will". It might be a bad injury. 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.

"We are friends. We're gonna leave this cage (and) we're gonna have a beer and celebrate our friendship".

The woman tasked with the job of ending her reign at the summit of the UFC's women's bantamweight division was Ultimate Fighter season 18 star Raquel Pennington, who went into her maiden UFC title fight on the back of a huge victory over Miesha Tate.

Nunes kept up the pressure in the second round as she continuously pushed Pennington back against the cage before opening up with her punching combinations. The win also leaves Nunes with a tough decision for what comes next as she could potentially look for a fourth straight defense of her belt against fellow Brazilian Ketlen Vieira or hold out for a super fight against women's featherweight champion Cris Cyborg instead.

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