While Nunes won the title with a devastating finish over Miesha Tate and then sent Ronda Rousey packing to WWE with a 48 second knockout back at UFC 217, the reigning women's bantamweight queen has shown off more of her arsenal in her past two title defenses while going deep into the championship rounds. Nunes was consistently able to use her long reach and power advantage to do damage to her opponent. "Unfortunately, tonight (the cornerman) failed", the Brazilian added. When the American fighter approached Nunes, the Brazilian countered and took the fight to the octagon floor where she unleashed a barrage of "ground-and-pound" strikes covering the canvas in blood.
Nunes remained in control on the most of the fight, simply proving herself to be the better striker. She went out there, and she got finished. Although Amanda Nunes didn't know what transpired after the fourth, the bantamweight champ's also criticizing Pennington's coaches. She went out on her shield.
And the former victor of The Ultimate Fighter said the time was right for him to be given the next shot at UFC championship gold. And I would have done the same thing because sometimes when you're exhausted and you don't think you have enough left, your coach's job is to pull the most out of you. Rocky secured a takedown, but otherwise it was more of Nunes picking the challenger apart with leg kicks and combinations.
"I respect those girls so much".
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What do you make of Raquel Pennington's corner sending her out to fight despite not wanting to head into the fifth round? But I had to defend the belt. Now, we're friends. We're gonna have a beer in celebration, ' Nunes said. Still, Pennington stuck in the pocket and started firing back with her punches whenever the champion would move forward.
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.
McKenzie Dern looked the part as she knocked Amanda Cooper down with a powerful overhand right and forced her to submit in the first round.
The women's bantamweight champion believes the coach should have listened to the fighter and not allowed her to continue, especially since they were aware that she had suffered a broken nose in round four.