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Amanda Nunes Reacts To Raquel Pennington's Corner Failing To Save Her

14 May 2018

"I will stop fighting here because I think I reached the end". "I am excited for this fight, for sure, because I know how tough Raquel is". It's sad because you could avoid something.

Nunes is still three successful title defenses short of Ronda Rousey's UFC women's record of six, but it's worth noting that Rousey defended the Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight title once more before being awarded the UFC title. The first two rounds were competitive, but Nunes began to pull away in the second half of the fight.

Pennington's reluctance to be the aggressor continued to pave the way for Nunes to attack her however she pleased, peppering her with more leg kicks before taking her down shortly afterwards. It might be a bad injury. 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. A lead leg kick took Pennington's legs right from under her, allowing the Lioness to be the aggressor and back her against the cage. "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".

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.

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"Unfortunately, tonight (her corner man) failed". "This is the first time ever", she said. "It was the most hard of my career to fight this girl".

"To defend this belt is something I dream, and I have to do it".

"I try not to cry", Dern said, "but my camp was very hard and I had the weight issue".

"We are friends. We're gonna leave this cage (and) we're gonna have a beer and celebrate our friendship". But to say, "If a fighter tells a corner they're done, that corner should never, under any circumstances, encourage them to continue", is something I don't agree with.

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While Nunes maintained control for the majority of the second round, Pennington was finally able to drag the fight to the ground with about a minute to go, although she didn't do much with it except maintain the position before the fighters worked their way back to the feet a few seconds remaining. Amanda Nunes was shocked when she learned after the fight that her opponent wanted to throw in the towel.

A Colorado native, Pennington tried to get Nunes to the floor throughout the bout but managed to convert only one takedown.

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Amanda Nunes Reacts To Raquel Pennington's Corner Failing To Save Her