Amanda Nunes Shatters Raquel Pennington’s Face In 7 Places at UFC 224
One of the most talked about incidents from UFC 224 came in the main card Women’s Bantamweight Title fight between Amanda Nunes and Raquel Pennington.
After a considerably one-sided affair, Pennington told her staff at the round 4 finishing bell that she was done and couldn’t continue, however, her cornerman sent her back out, still bleeding from a badly broken nose to receive another Nunes pummelling before the fight was eventually waved off. The final round must have been torture for the 29-year-old United States national.
To be forced out against one’s will is never going to yield positive results as was demonstrated here.
A low kick in the opening round was a defining moment, in the fight. The strike really stung Pennington who was unable to move freely for the remainder of the fight. She did, however, fight on valiantly despite copping a series of trademark knees as part of the brutal beating.
Pennington was the number two challenger to Nunes’ bantamweight crown, however, put up little fight as the Brazilian champ looked in control from go to woe.
A savage knee in the fourth round looked to be the end of Pennington, blood streaming out of her face as a result.
At the round break, a broken-spirited Pennington is heard to say “I’m done, I’m done. I’m done, yes. I want to be done.” Her cornerman, however, tried to rally the American saying,
“No, no, no, no…Come on, girl. I know it hurts, but let’s power through this. Let’s believe.
“Change your mindset, just throw everything you’ve got. We’ll recover later.”
Corner: "No, no, no, no."
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Sent out to a fifth round, looking out of sorts and still bleeding, Pennington was never in the fifth round. Nunes eventually rear-mounted her and clouted her into submission.
A pool of blood had run out of her face which it was reported was fractured in seven places.
See the brutal end to the fight below:
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