MMA DFS Playbook: UFC 224 - Nunes vs. Pennington

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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. She went out there, and she got finished. It might be a bad injury.

"If she didn't have the right conditioning to fight then the coach should have thrown in the towel for sure".

The Brazilian had the contender in an armbar towards the end of the first, but Gastelum didn't let the fight hit the ground again until he dropped Souza at the midway point of the second round. "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". "Unfortunately, tonight (the cornerman) failed".

Amanda Nunes bludgeoned Raquel Pennington for more than 20 bloody minutes on her way to retaining the 135-pound strap. However, she said something that created a heavy gap between diehard and fighter-protect fans.

Pennington finally rolled over with Nunes just pouring on the punishment as the canvas was painted red with blood until the referee saw enough to step into stop the carnage.

Nunes had the clear advantage from the outset of the first round.

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"I know it hurts, I know it hurts". She used to train with us. "This was the hardest thing I did in my career".

"When it comes to finish this bout, something I've dreamed about for so long, I have to do it".

After the fight, the respect was clear between the pair, with Nunes bringing Tecia Torres to the cage and insisting the trio were going for a beer afterwards.

According to Fightmetric, Nunes outlanded Pennington in total strikes 152-79. Pennington managed to grab a takedown at the end of the second and landed a solid combination as the champion got back to her feet.

Now that she's cleared out Pennington, it feels like she's cleaned out the shallow bantamweight division.

The Brazilian won three of her four bouts via knockout, and her reign as the UFC women's bantamweight champion is now the second longest, only behind Rousey who was champion for just under three years in the UFC. The two friends were scheduled to clash in December, but Pennington broke her left leg in an ATV crash. 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.