Amanda Nunes is STILL the UFC bantamweight champion. After beating up on Raquel Pennington all night, Nunes would end the bout on top via TKO and a referee stoppage.
It would take the champ five rounds last night at UFC 224, but perhaps it should’ve only gone four. Following the fourth, Pennington would tell her corner she’s done. However, they would talk her into going back out for a fifth. Nunes doesn’t really like that.
“It’s sad because you could avoid something,” she says. “She went to the hospital. It might be a bad injury. … It’s sad. If she didn’t have the right conditioning to fight, the coach should have thrown in the towel for sure. I think my coach wouldn’t have let me go through that.”
But Nunes doesn’t stop there.
“It’s sad. … I think she really needs to surround herself with people that want the best for her so she can evolve in her next fight. Unfortunately, tonight he failed.”
As for the fight itself, Nunes said this was the toughest fight of her career. That’s because it would come against a friend in Pennington. She’s engaged to Tecia Torres, who used to train with Nunes.
“I’ve never fought nobody as a friend. This is the first time. I like and respect these girls so much, especially Tecia. She used to train with us. This was very hard for me. It was the most hard in my career.”
But that doesn’t change how special this feeling is.
“To defend this belt is something I dream, and I have to do it. But we are going to leave this cage and have a beer and celebrate our friendship. Tonight was about my belt, but I respect the friendship we have,” Nunes says.
That win last night brings her MMA record to a solid 16-4, and it’s also her seventh consecutive victory.