Brazil's Amanda Nunes beats Raquel Pennington and retains UFC title

  • Brazil's Amanda Nunes beats Raquel Pennington and retains UFC title

Brazil's Amanda Nunes beats Raquel Pennington and retains UFC title

Amanda Nunes of Brazil beat American Raquel Pennington to defend her UFC bantamweight title for the third time.

A fired-up Nunes started the contest light on her feet and full of confidence, which she exuded throughout fight week. Unfortunately, a severe leg injury slowed Pennington's pace and put her out of action for over a year and a half.

Nunes tripped Pennington up with a leg kick early in the first round and was the aggressor throughout the fight.

In the cage after the fight, Pennington's significant other Tecia Torres joined her in the cage, while Nunes' in Nina Ansaroff did as well.

Amanda Nunes was able to top Raquel Pennington in brutal fashion.

Before the decisive round, Pennington was heard saying "I'm done", but her coach insisted she should return to the bout. Pennington did damage at times, landing heavy shots of her own, but could never string anything together or otherwise build any momentum. 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.

"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. She has won four consecutive bouts, with a submission victory over Jessica Andrade starting that run back at UFC 191. Nunes landed a takedown and hit Pennington with some devastating ground-and-pound, further damaging her broken nose and the referee was forced to step in and stop the fight.

Nunes and Pennington are friends away from the cage, and that probably won't change.

Nunes threw her hands up in celebration as she earned the TKO stoppage at 2:36 into the fifth and final round. This was "The Lioness'" third title defense. Nunes was taken down with less than 50 seconds left in the round.

And even after taking down the former Team Tate star, Nunes was met with more doggedness from Pennington, who was fast running out of ideas of how to dethrone the Brazilian. "It was very hard for me".

A dominant fourth round saw a freakish and absurd end as at the end of the round, Pennington returned to the corner and wanted out of the fight, due to a broken twisted nose. "It was the most hard fight in my career to fight this girl".

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