Raquel Pennington Tells Corner "I'm Done" Just Prior To TKO Loss

Amanda Nunes

Following last night's UFC 224 headliner, it looks like a lot of folks are piling on Raquel Pennington's corner, for sending her out for the fifth round of the bout.

The events leading up to the end of the fight between Nunes and Pennington is not the first time the role of a fighter's corner has come into question. A lead leg kick took Pennington's legs right from under her, allowing the Lioness to be the aggressor and back her against the cage. It was only made worse in the fourth, when a brutal Nunes knee saw blood pour from Pennington's nose. Her win streak now goes all the way back to March 2015, and she is arguably the reason that the Rowdy one now works for WWE. Rocky secured a takedown, but otherwise it was more of Nunes picking the challenger apart with leg kicks and combinations.

Pennington told her corner in between rounds four and five that she was done, but her coach talked her back into going into the cage. The win also serves as Nunes' third consecutive title defense since winning the belt in 2016. Having relocated her training camp from Arizona to California, Dern claimed she could be ready to compete again in a couple of months in her post-fight interview. Prior to Torres relocating to Colorado, she was a close friend and teammate with Nunes and her fiancée Nina Ansaroff so the champion admitted afterwards that this was arguably her toughest fight to date because she was facing someone she considered a friend. It was hard to me.




Safety comes first. While a fighter will always give whatever they have left in the tank to go out and not only win a fight, but capture a championship in hostile territory, it's wise to wave off the fight and pull your fighter out of the Octagon when they admit they are done and can't go on any further. "It was the most hard fight in my career to fight this girl".

Her corner refused her request to throw in the towel replying, "no no no no no no no!"

"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. The UFC has expressed interest in a potential super fight between Nunes and 145-pound champion Cris "Cyborg" Justino later this year. Whether or not there will be fallout from that situation remains to be seen.

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