UFC 224 breakdown, betting odds and picks

Amanda Nunes

It was nothing short of a flawless performance, as Amanda Nunes defended her bantamweight title with a fifth round TKO victory over Raquel Pennington.

Already the second most successful UFC women's Bantamweight Champion, Amanda Nunes faced the battle of TUF 18's Raquel Pennington at UFC 224 in her third championship defense.

Before the decisive round, Pennington was heard saying "I'm done", but her coach insisted she should return to the bout.

Nunes took down Pennington and after strikes to the face, left blood pouring from her nose, before the referee stepped in for the stoppage. Pennington showed a ton of heart surviving as long as she did, but Nunes poured it on in the final frame to get the win.

Fans can also look forward to the undefeated Mackenzie Dern (6-0) taking on Amanda "ABC" Cooper (3-3).

"I live in the US, but I'm from Brazil and I represent Brazil with the flag and my belt", Nunes told the crowd after her sixth straight win.


Nunes and Pennington are friends away from the cage, and that probably won't change. Nunes took her down and landed hammerfists until the bout was stopped.

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.

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.

"I talked to Nina the other day (and said), 'If you come up to 135 we're going to fight.' It can be my girlfriend in front of me and I'd want to kick her ass and nothing is going to change that because I want to keep my belt at home with me". "This was the hardest thing I did in my career". Between rounds, Pennington audibly asked her corner to stop the fight.

Machida tried to set up a date with former UFC middleweight champion, Michael Bisping, who is now looking for a dance partner for his retirement bout.

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