Amanda Nunes makes it seven in a row at UFC 224

Amanda Nunes makes it seven in a row at UFC 224

Amanda Nunes makes it seven in a row at UFC 224

After taking a beating over 20 minutes, Pennington (9-6 MMA, 6-3 UFC) walked to her corner prior to the final round of the women's bantamweight championship fight with Nunes (16-4 MMA, 9-1 UFC) at Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro and said she was "done".

"It was very hard for me this fight", Nunes said.

Nunes, 29, said she didn't know about everything that had happened before returning to the locker room after her successful title defense.

That cost her in the fifth round as Nunes took the fight to the ground and immediately began bludgeoning Pennington as her nose absolutely exploded with blood gushing out onto the mat with the champion just brutalizing her without pause.

However, those instructions appeared to go in one ear and out the other as she continued to retreat and eat even more brutal leg kicks, which were slowly but surely restricting her movement.

After sending Pennington out for the fifth round, she bled horrifically as Nunes rained down with some massive hits - who later admitted she didn't enjoy fighting a friend - until the referee finally waved the fight off.

Gastelum said: "I expected to win, but I wanted to finish the fight and guarantee the title shot".

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Nunes made an impression right out of the gate with a leg kick that dropped Pennington and set up the rest of her offense.

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

"She went to the hospital. Unfortunately, tonight he failed". In the clip below, her cornerman rejected her claims at being done, saying he knows she hurts and stating, 'We'll recover later'. She went out on her shield. "This was the hardest thing I did in my career". But I had to defend the belt. Since prying the title from Miesha Tate at UFC 200, she now holds victories over Ronda Rousey, Valentina Shevchenko and Pennington.

After the fight, the respect was clear between the pair, with Nunes bringing Tecia Torres to the cage and insisting the trio were going for a beer afterwards.

Nunes had Pennington in retreat during the opening rounds, battering her lead leg to set up her boxing combinations.

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.

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