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Amanda Nunes drops Raquel Pennington with final-round TKO

Amanda Nunes drops Raquel Pennington with final-round TKO

Nunes is still three successful title defenses short of Ronda Rousey's UFC women's record of six, but it's worth noting that Rousey defended the Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight title once more before being awarded the UFC title.

It's all over as Amanda Nunes, from Brazil, celebrates her win over Raquel Pennington, from the United States, in their UFC women's bantamweight bout in Rio de Janeiro. Nunes delivered several knees to Pennington's face in the fourth, leaving her faced bloodied.

Clearly perturbed by being taken down in the second round, Nunes marched forward even more in the third, though she finally encountered some tough resistance. Nunes landed a takedown and hit Pennington with some devastating ground-and-pound, further damaging her broken nose and the referee was forced to step in and stop the fight. She has won four consecutive bouts, with a submission victory over Jessica Andrade starting that run back at UFC 191. Pennington showed a ton of heart surviving as long as she did, but Nunes poured it on in the final frame to get the win. "I like and respect these girls so much, especially Tecia". The time of the stoppage was 2:36 of the fifth round. Pennington wrapped up the arms of Nunes to avoid any damage. Nunes was taken down with less than 50 seconds left in the round. ThisUFC 224 main event may seem like out-of-the-blue booking to some fans - and with a lack of strong competition there may not have been a choice - but those who have followed Pennington's career knows that she is tough as nails.

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"Definitely this fight I'm going to make a statement".

"It was very hard for me this fight", Nunes said. I want to keep my belt. The UFC has expressed interest in a potential super fight between Nunes and 145-pound champion Cris "Cyborg" Justino later this year. In between rounds there was a bit of controversy as Pennington told her cornermen that she wanted to be done, but her coaches talked her into continuing the fight.