UFC 224 saw Amanda Nunes and Raquel Pennington go into a brutal fight for the UFC’ Bantamweight Champion at the Rio de Janerio arena in the presence of 10,696 fans.
Amanda Nunes dominated Raquel Pennington in brutal fashion and shattered Raquel’ hopes in the 5th-round via TKO. This was Nunes third straight title defense. Despite Pennington show of desire to survive, Nunes gave her no chance with her devastating force.
The fight started with Pennington getting stunned after a hard leg kick from Nunes dropped her to the ground and Nunes did not stop to attack that leg until the first round ended. Nunes landed heavy punches on Pennington as the fight progressed breaking down her opponent bit by bit and eventually dropped her a second time with a bad leg kick.
As the second round progressed, Pennington managed to get a takedown but that seemed to be her only chance at getting close to dethroning the champ. Amanda Nunes refused to stay down, connecting with brutal strikes and eventually landed a takedown of her own in the third round.
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The over 10,000 fans watching UFC 224 could not believe the resilience of Pennington as she kept on going, despite being dominated by Nunes. Pennington connected with a few insignificant shots and as they went into the 4th round, Nunes continued from where she stopped, landing more brutal punches on Pennington.
Nunes went more brutal and planted Pennington with a hard knee that broke Pennington’s nose and blood started flowing profusely. There was a bit of controversy at some point as Pennington told her cornermen that she wanted no more of the fight, obviously feeling so beaten up by Nunes, but her coaches talked her into continuing the fight.
Unfortunately for Pennington and her coaches, Nunes went on with her brutal attack, landing a takedown and this time, she hit Pennington with more devastating ground-and-pound, damaging the more her already broken nose and the referee was forced to stop the fight.
Kelvin Gastelum fought Jacare Souza and in the end, he earned a split decision victory over Jacare Souza. This victory could make him the number one contender for the middleweight title. Souza got the upper hand as the fight bell rang with grappling before attempting an armbar on Gastelum but he managed to survive.
Gastelum eventually got into the fight, connecting with a few strikes in the second round and got a knockdown. Souza managed to recover from that shot before hitting Gastelum with his own shots. As they went into the 3rd round, it looked obvious that they were both tired, however, Gastelum managed to get the win as the judges decided. Gastelum in his post-match comments requested to challenge the winner of UFC 225’s main event which is going to be between the middleweight champion Robert Whittaker and Yoel Romero.
The summary of the results are below;
- Amanda Nunes def. Raquel Pennington via TKO- defended the Women’s Bantamweight Title.
- Kelvin Gastelum def. Ronaldo Souza via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Mackenzie Dern def. Amanda Cooper via submission (rear-naked choke) in Round 1
- John Lineker def. Brian Kelleher via knockout (punch) in Round 3
- Lyoto Machida def. Vitor Belfort via knockout (kick) in Round 2
- Cezar Ferreira def. Karl Roberson via technical submission (arm-triangle choke) in Round 1
- Aleksei Oleinik def. Junior Albini via submission (Ezekiel choke) in Round 1
- Davi Ramos def. Nick Hein via submission (rear-naked choke) in Round 1
- Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos def. Sean Strickland via TKO (kick, punches) in Round 1
- Warlley Alves def. Sultan Aliev via TKO (doctor stoppage) in Round 2
- Jack Hermansson def. Thales Leites via TKO (punches) in Round 3
- Ramazan Emeev def. Alberto Mina via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Markus Perez def. James Bochnovic via submission (rear-naked choke) in Round 1