Pennington left in a bloody mess as Nunes defends her UFC title

Pennington left in a bloody mess as Nunes defends her UFC title

Since prying the title from Miesha Tate at UFC 200, she now holds victories over Ronda Rousey, Valentina Shevchenko and Pennington.

It wasn't pretty, but Amanda Nunes dominated Raquel Pennington in the entire fight. She swept Pennington off her feet with the very first leg kick she threw and had success keeping the challenger's back to the fence all night.

Nunes saw off Pennington's challenge with absolute ease, registering a fifth-round TKO victory over the Colorado native.

After a pair of failed attempts while backed against the cage, Pennington scored a takedown of Nunes late in the second round to slow the steady onslaught from the champion.

"He should have listened to her at that moment", Nunes said. If it not for the fact that Nunes and Pennington are pretty close friends, Pennington could have been in harm's way even more than she already was. Pennington's movement was visibly compromised and Nunes began landing punches and dropped her a second time with a leg kick. At least one of those got through clean as Pennington's nose was twisted sideways as a result of the knee strikes as she was definitely going into survival mode.

At the end of round four Pennington turned to her corner and said she was "done" but her coaches were having none of it and forced her back out for the fifth and final round. That was the case with Pennington on Saturday night, as she sat in the corner following the fourth round and told her corner that she can't continue.

"It's sad", Nunes told reporters, including MMAjunkie, through an interpreter at the UFC 224 post-fight news conference. However, she said something that created a heavy gap between diehard and fighter-protect fans.

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. It was the most hard in my career.

Nunes, 29, said she didn't know about everything that had happened before returning to the locker room after her successful title defense.

It's hard to deny Nunes' place among the likes of Rousey and Cris "Cyborg" Justino.

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