Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Bantamweight boxers Amanda Nunes and Raquel Pennington clashed last night time (May 12, 2018) at UFC 224 from inside Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
A pair of brutal first spherical stoppages of Miesha Tate and Ronda Rousey noticed Nunes seize and defend the title, in addition to drastically change the division’s make-up. Last night time, she walked to the cage a large favourite intent of scoring her third title protection in entrance of her the Brazilian followers. Meanwhile, Pennington hoped to dwell as much as her “Rocky” moniker. The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) veteran has been across the division for just a few years now, and her four-fight win streak managed to show worthy of a title shot regardless of her current layoff, largely as a result of few different Bantamweights appear to be potential title contenders.
Nunes opened the bout with some laborious low kicks, however Pennington adjusted and started to drag her leg out of vary. Regardless, Nunes continued to land the occasional kick, and he or she used the specter of the kick to arrange her punches. Meanwhile, Nunes was very a lot within the fight, seeking to counter every time Nunes fired.
On the entire, Pennington did job of avoiding probably the most main strikes of her opponent. The low kicks didn’t really feel good, however a good few of them missed, and most of Nunes’ true energy punches have been deflected.
Several of Pennington’s counter photographs acquired by way of, however Nunes dominated massive parts of the spherical.
Pennington was a bit extra proactive in spherical two, however Nunes’ kicks have been nonetheless the distinction maker. The Brazilian continued to strain, one thing Pennington tried to reply with reactive double leg takedowns. Pennington’s largest subject was constant quantity, as she would alternate between throwing plenty of punches and ready for too lengthy.
With a minute remaining, Pennington caught a single leg and completed a takedown from the clinch. She didn’t do all that a lot together with her prime place, however the grappling undoubtedly slowed the Brazilian, as she appeared a bit awkward shifting within the last 10 seconds of the spherical.
Things have been getting fascinating.
Nunes managed the early exchanges of the third spherical with extra low kicks, and he or she scored a double leg takedown when Pennington acquired a bit too aggressive. Almost nothing occurred together with her prime place although, leading to a get up on the two minute mark. The exchanges on the ft confirmed the fatigue of each ladies. They have been noticeably much less quick and each have been extra hittable total. For a second, it appeared like Pennington would rating a takedown, however Nunes defended and answered with some heavy knees.
Nunes didn’t dominate, however she gained the third spherical.
Despite her fatigue, Nunes was sharp to start out the fourth as effectively. Her kicks continued to interrupt Pennington’s rhythm, and the punches she threw to observe up the kicks typically landed in an enormous approach. When Pennington tried to drive right into a double leg, Nunes reversed with a clinch journey. Once once more, Nunes did little with prime place, however she did burn out a considerable amount of the clock.
When Pennington ultimately acquired again up, Nunes smashed her with some heavy knees to finish the spherical.
Despite Pennington primarily admitting defeat to her nook, the fight continued into the fifth. Pennington nonetheless threw some respectable punches however ate higher ones, and Nunes accomplished a fairly simple takedown into the total guard. This time, Nunes truly tried to harm her opponent, dropping elbows and shifting to take the again.
Pennington did little to defend, leading to a TKO stoppage for “The Lioness.”
Nunes dominated the overwhelming majority of this fight. Outside of the second spherical — when the potential for a Pennington rally appeared considerably lifelike — Nunes landed the heavier photographs in most exchanges, continued to brutalize the lead leg, and gained the wrestling sport as effectively.
Nunes conditioning was genuinely spectacular on this bout. She pushed a tough tempo, and he or she was drained at occasions because of this. Historically, fatigue ends her effectiveness. In this bout, Nunes persevered and recovered, permitting her to remain harmful deep into the fight. A fifth spherical stoppage fairly definitively proves that Nunes has fastened what was as soon as thought-about her biggest weak spot.
Cris Cyborg is subsequent.
Pennington fought by way of loads of adversity, and at occasions it appeared like she had an opportunity to construct momentum. Unfortunately, she simply by no means discovered a technique to rating constant offense. She labored in small bursts, which allowed Nunes to get better and hearth punches again that have been way more harmful. The low kicks are additionally answerable for this subject, as that’s a weapon Pennington has at all times struggled reverse and was unable to supply a solution for.
Last night time, Amanda Nunes dominated one other title contender. How lengthy will Nunes reign over the division?
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