UFC 224 Results: The Real Winners and Losers

UFC 224 Nunes Pennington

GETTYAmanda Nunes defends her title against Raquel Pennington at UFC 224

"I'm on my seventh fight now and I feel like, 'Man, how long are they going to keep asking me about my weight?' Every interview, even to my opponent, they ask, 'You think she's going to make weight?' I said, 'Man, they have so many things they can ask about, they can ask about my father, the fight, my opponent, so many things". Nunes was taken down with less than 50 seconds left in the round.

For five rounds, Nunes bloodied and battered Pennington with hard leg kicks and quick punches. She repeatedly followed leg kicks with head blows early on, backing Pennington up to the edge of the Octagon and leaving the outside of her left leg bright purple and red from the repeated strikes.

Nunes earned her third title defense, landing 149 strikes to just 79 by the challenger.

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

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 live in the USA, but I'm from Brazil and I represent Brazil with the flag and my belt", Nunes told the crowd after her sixth straight win. The fights went on as planned under a catchweight, and Dern won both. "It was the most hard fight in my career to fight this girl".

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Pennington wanted to retire after the fourth round with an apparent broken nose, but returned to fight the fifth after her corner talked her into it. "Tonight was about my belt, but I respect the friendship we have". Pennington's nose began running blood like a faucet, she turtled up and it was soon over. "We're going to have a beer and celebrate our friendship".

Nunes and Pennington are friends away from the cage, and that probably won't change. She started to land her jab and follow-up right hand, but she was always forced to move forward as she threw, which seemed to have a negative effect on the power of the shots. Current UFC women's featherweight champion Cris Cyborg.

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