Amanda Nunes drops Raquel Pennington with final-round TKO
Amanda Nunes drops Raquel Pennington with final-round TKO
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14 May, 2018, 00:16
And while her performance was impressive, a lot of the attention was fixated on the decision made by the corner of Pennington to all-but-force her to leave the stool ahead of the final round of their five-round clash.
"When it comes to finish this bout, something I've dreamed about for so long, I have to do it".
The champion showcased her wrestling ability in the third and fourth rounds.
The Brazilian dominated the bout against Pennington in her homeland and was eventually declared the victor when the referee stepped in to stop the fight 2:36 minutes into Round 5 via a technical knockout.
And the 29-year-old established her dominance early on by dropping Pennington with two powerful leg kicks, much to the delight of her fellow countrymen and women in the crowd. This resulted in Nunes dragging Pennington to the ground and finishing off the challenger. "I will stop fighting here because I think I reached the end". Pennington landed some shots here and there but couldn't connect with anything significant.
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The Brazilian jiu-jitsu star improved to 6-0 with the win.
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Nunes, a Brazil native, invited Pennington to join her for the post-fight interview in the cage and spoke of her respect for her opponent in front of Rio de Janiero's Jeunesse Arena.
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"I live in the USA, but I'm from Brazil and I represent Brazil with the flag and my belt", Nunes told the crowd after her sixth straight win.
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