Fighter's corner slammed for allowing bloody beat-down at UFC 224

UFC 224

BC-CAR--NASCAR-Shevchenko

Saturday didn't provide almost the suspense as Nunes continually battered Raquel Pennington at UFC 224 for her seventh straight win and third since taking the belt from Miesha Tate in 2016.

"The Lioness" spoke of her great respect for Pennington in her post-fight interview.

The two fighters then embraced.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - MAY 12: Amanda Nunes ( R) of Brazil kicks Raquel Pennington of the United States in their women's bantamweight bout during the UFC 224 event at Jeunesse Arena on May 12, 2018 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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. Tate continues, "I think she's going to say, "I'm glad I went out in the fifth round". But her team argued against her protestations and convinced her to step gingerly into the final round, where she was finished.

Many took to Twitter to express their disbelief.

"I've never fought anybody as a friend".

"We tried to make that fight happen because it's a big fight and the fans wanted it, but it couldn't happen at the time so I moved on", she said, per Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports.

'I like those girls so much. "It was very hard for me".

Kelvin Gastelum left Brazil with a key win in his young career, picking up a split decision over Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza. He attempted an armbar at the end of the round but Gastelum managed to survive. And I would appreciate my coach supporting me in every effort to win a world title.

"Hopefully I'm in line next for that title", he said.

And Lyoto Machida knocked out fellow veteran Victor Belfort with an incredible frontkick to the face, setting up a clash with former middleweight champ Michael Bisping.

The knockout came at the 60-second mark in the second round, and afterwards, Machida paid tribute to his opponent.

"Everything in life has beginning, middle and end", Belfort said.

"I was looking for the right moment". It's important that a fighter loses with dignity, and I think Raquel lost with dignity.

"Michael Bisping. I'm still waiting for you, man!"

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.

Latest News