Nunes made Brazil proud, defeating Pennington by TKO at 2:36 of the fifth spherical to retain her girls’s bantamweight title in the primary occasion of UFC 224 from the Jeunesse Area in Rio de Janeiro. Sporting Information had the battle scored 40-36 on the time of the stoppage.
“I like these women (Pennington and her girlfriend, Tecia Torres) a lot,” Nunes instructed Jon Anik in her postfight interview. “It was exhausting to me. However I needed to defend the belt. I needed to do it. Now, we’re associates. We’re gonna have a beer in celebration.”
Nunes (16-Four) managed the battle all through. Her number of strikes stored Pennington at bay and made her a counterstriker.
The battle did not go with out controversy. In between rounds 4 and 5 with Nunes having the bout properly in hand, Pennington instructed her nook she was completed. Not solely did her nostril look damaged, however Nunes had damaged her spirit. As an alternative of her nook telling referee Marc Goddard to cease the motion, they despatched their pupil out for the continued slaughter.
Nunes secured an early takedown and after that, it was only a matter of time. Understanding she might lastly get rid of Pennington, Nunes linked on a sequence of floor and pound punches earlier than referee Marc Goddard lastly put a cease to the pointless beating. When Pennington slowly rose to her toes, blood simply guzzled out of her nostril.
A Nunes – Cyborg superfight is the plain factor to do at this level. They’ve cleaned out the division and are indisputably, the perfect fighters in Girls’s MMA. Cyborg’s said it is a battle she desires. Initially, Nunes wished to face Cyborg, however of late, she’s cooled on the concept. When requested in her interview with Anik, she dodged the query. Hopefully, it occurs sooner reasonably than later.
Here’s what occurred at UFC 224.
(All instances Jap.)
UFC 224 outcomes
Amanda Nunes vs. Raquel Pennington for UFC girls’s bantamweight championship
12:44 a.m.: Spherical Four to Nunes (10-9, 40-36 Nunes). A lot of the identical of what we have seen within the first three rounds. For those who had been questioning why Pennington retains going for the takedown when down three rounds, it is as a result of she instructed her nook in between rounds 4 and 5 that she’s completed. A disgrace her nook did not inform the referee she wished the battle stopped. Why preserve taking the abuse while you need out?
12:38 a.m.: Spherical Three to Nunes (10-9, 30-27 Nunes). Not probably the most thrilling spherical. The gang let Nunes and Pennington know they did not recognize the titleholder doing nothing after securing a takedown and the challenger attempting to take Nunes down. Except Pennington begins urgent ahead and initiating the motion, Nunes will proceed to battle on the skin and land at will.
12:33 a.m.: Spherical 2 to Nunes (10-9, 20-18 Nunes). The champion as soon as once more took her foot off the pedal when it got here to throwing leg kicks. She nonetheless managed nearly all of the spherical together with her putting. However she let Pennington within the battle by letting the challenger get off the faster photographs and a takedown with 40 seconds left. Momentum is on the facet of Pennington.
12:26 a.m.: Spherical 1 to Nunes (10-9). Nunes appears to be like so fluid and relaxed. Her putting is crisp and is doing something she desires in there. Pennington landed some good photographs, however was content material on counterstriking. Did not get why Nunes stopped throwing leg kicks. They had been vicious and was making Pennington react earlier than she did something.
12:10 a.m.: The UFC 224 major occasion is now right here as Amanda Nunes defends her girls’s bantamweight title towards No. 2 ranked Raquel Pennington. Nunes (15-Four) is on a tear, having received six consecutive fights together with wins over Miesha Tate and sending Ronda Rousey packing to the WWE. Pennington (9-6) hasn’t fought in 18 months after recovering from a litany of surgical procedures and a horrific ATV accident in October.
Nunes and Pennington choose to maintain their fights on the toes, which often makes for an entertaining contest. Will Nunes be capable to stroll out of her residence nation with the belt or does Pennington pull off the upset?
Kelvin Gastelum wins slim cut up determination vs. Ronaldo Souza in thrilling battle
12:05 a.m. END OF FIGHT: Kelvin Gastelum def. Ronaldo Souza by cut up determination (28-29, 29-28, 29-28). A really thrilling battle that might have gone both. It relied on the way you scored the ultimate spherical as Souza received the primary and Gastelum received the second. Every man had their moments within the third. Gastelum pulled it out within the closing moments with a mixture.
One other huge win for Gastelum. He walked by means of every little thing Souza needed to provide. The previous “Final Fighter” winner confirmed he can compete on the high degree of the middleweight division. No cause why he should not get the winner of the UFC 225 major occasion between champion Robert Whittaker and Yoel Romero.
11:54 p.m.: Thrilling back-and-forth within the closing 90 seconds of the second spherical with Souza touchdown the heavier photographs. However, he is the extra exhausted of the 2, as you might see after the bell when Souza almost fell to the mat. Anybody’s battle as we head to the third and closing spherical.
11:51 p.m.: About midway by means of and Souza has a lower subsequent to his proper eye and is beginning to tire. Gastelum is contemporary as a daisy. Issues are getting attention-grabbing in Rio.
11:48 p.m.: Gastelum someway makes it out of the primary spherical. Like how he did not get too excited and in search of a means out. He took his time and at one level, he virtually bought again to his toes. Give Gastelum credit score for staying composed, relaxed and never expending an excessive amount of power.
11:45 p.m.: We’re two minutes in and Souza’s already has Gastelum on the mat. May very well be a brief night time on the workplace for the previous Strikeforce middleweight champion. Can Gastelum survive?
11:35 p.m.: Within the co-main occasion of UFC 224, in middleweight champion, No. 2 ranked Ronaldo Souza takes on No. 5 ranked Kelvin Gastelum. Souza (25-5) bounced again from his loss to middleweight champion Robert Whittaker final April, submitting Derek Brunson within the first spherical at UFC on Fox 27 in January. Gastelum (14-Three) comes into the bout having notched the largest win of his profession, knocking out former 185-pound champion Michael Bisping at UFC Combat Evening 122 in November.
That is the basic striker (Gastelum) vs. grappler (Souza) matchup. Ever for the reason that card was introduced, that is the one I have been wanting ahead to probably the most.
Mackenzie Dern chokes out Amanda Cooper
11:25 p.m. END OF FIGHT: Mackenzie Dern def. Amanda Cooper by submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:27 of the primary spherical. For some cause, Dern stored seeking to stand as an alternative of utilizing her superior grappling abilities. The tactic proved to be efficient as she landed a vicious overhand proper hand to ship Cooper packing to the mat. A pair floor and punches later, Cooper then gave up her again. That was an enormous mistake as Dern shortly snatched Cooper’s neck, locked within the choke and Cooper instantly tapped out.
As nice as Dern is, she must constantly make weight. Her grappling is the perfect in Girls’s MMA. There is not any excuses in lacking weight. It is probably the most disrespectful factor you are able to do as a fighter. If she will be on level, she’s a future world champion. The problem is in Dern’s arms.
11:15 p.m.: Arising a UFC 224, in a catchweight bout of 123 kilos, Mackenzie Dern battles Amanda Cooper. This was set to happen at 115 kilos, however Dern inexplicably got here in seven kilos chubby. Dern (6-Zero) made a profitable UFC debut in beating Ashley Yoder by cut up determination at UFC 222 in March. After dropping three of 4, Cooper (Three-Three) rebounded with a second-round TKO win over Angela Magana at UFC 219 in December.
Cooper feels Dern missed weight on function and plans to make her pay. Will Cooper be capable to preserve her feelings or will Dern’s world class ji-jitsu be an excessive amount of?
John Lineker knockouts Brian Kelleher
11:10 p.m. END OF FIGHT: John Lineker def. Brian Kelleher by knockout at Three:43 of the third spherical. The identify of the battle for Lineker was constant stress. He did not give Kelleher an excessive amount of house all through. Within the closing spherical, Lineker had a second the place he was letting Kelleher again into the battle. Then one thing clicked in his thoughts and went again to what received him the primary two rounds. He linked on triple left hook to stagger Kelleher.
Sensing he had the battle received, Lineker stored pouring it on with left and proper arms. The Brazilian despatched the American packing with one closing left hook to notch his eighth win in 9 tries.
On the conclusion of the battle, Lineker challenged the winner of the UFC 227 major occasion rematch between champion TJ Dillashaw and Cody Garbrandt. If it is Garbrandt, it is seemingly however contemplating Lineker’s solely loss at 135 kilos is to the titleholder, he’ll want yet another win.
11:00 p.m.: Lineker’s punches look sluggish and sloppy, but they’re connecting and making an impression.
10:54 p.m.: Lineker is relentless. He knocked Kelleher down as soon as within the first spherical and rocked him with 45 seconds left. Superb he can continuosly throw one exhausting shot after one other in numerous spots of Kelleher’s physique.
10:43 p.m.: Up subsequent at UFC 224, in bantamweight motion, No. 6 ranked John Lineker faces Brian Kelleher. Lineker (30-Eight) is on a roll, having seven of his final eight bouts together with his most up-to-date outing over Marlon Vera by unanimous determination at UFC Combat Evening 119 in November. Kelleher (19-Eight) is available in having received back-to-back-fights over Damian Stasiak and former 135-pound champion Renan Barao. Out of his 19 profession wins, 15 have been through stoppage. Large battle for each fighters. This can be a showcase for Kelleher to see if he belongs among the many elite. For Lineker, it is to maneuver one other step nearer to that elusive title shot.
Lyoto Machida blasts Vitor Belfort into retirement
10:32 p.m. END OF FIGHT: Lyoto Machida def. Vitor Belfort by knockout at 1:00 of the second spherical. After a tentative opening spherical from each rounds, Machida and Belfort had been on there solution to the identical factor within the second till Machida noticed a gap and linked on a flush entrance head kick to ship Belfort’s head crashing to the mat for the brutal knockout.
Machida has back-to-back wins and lives on for an additional day. In his post-fight interview, he challenges former middleweight titleholder Michael Bisping. It is positively not the way in which Belfort wished to exit. Not many guys get the chance to compete within the UFC. He has nothing to be ashamed of.
— Álvaro Carrera (@alvarocv94) Might 13, 2018
10:25 p.m.: Very stunned Belfort hasn’t been extra aggressive. It is his closing battle. No cause to place all of it on the road like he is completed for his whole profession.
10:22 p.m.: Are Machida and Belfort going to throw any photographs? Have counted 4 and we’re two minutes in. There’s feeling one another out after which there’s doing nothing and gazing one another.
10:17 p.m.: Loud ovation for Belfort within the closing stroll of his profession.
10:02 p.m.: The UFC 224 major card is about to start. And kicking it off, in middleweight motion, former mild heavyweight champion and No. 9 ranked Vitor Belfort squares off towards former mild heavyweight champion and No. 12 ranked Lyoto Machida. Belfort (26-13, 1 NC) has said this would be the closing bout of his profession, which began in 1996. Machida’s (23-Eight) had a shaky street at middleweight, going 2-Three since he dropped down from 205 kilos in 2014.
Will Belfort lay all of it on the road in his final time within the octagon or does “The Dragon” ship him into retirement on a loss?
9:52 p.m.: The UFC 224 begins on the high of the hour. Take a rest room, get a refill on the refreshments and let’s have a look at if the primary card can comply with the nice motion we’ve got seen up to now.
9:45 p.m.: Ferreira def. Roberson by technical submission (arm-triangle choke) at Four:45 of the primary spherical. After the takedown, it was solely a matter of time earlier than Ferreira completed Roberson off. Like the very fact, Ferreira took his time. He did not rush himself even when Roberson gained high place for a fast second. He swept Roberson and bought into facet management. Ferreira slowly transitioned to the opposite facet of Roberson, locked within the choke and it was throughout.
Nice win by Ferreira. He is now received 5 of his final six fights since his return to the middleweight division and will crack the highest 15 rankings within the middleweight division.
Cezar Ferreira put Karl Roberson to sleep 💤 pic.twitter.com/wIsvv4SSsd
— FOX Sports activities: UFC (@UFCONFOX) Might 13, 2018
The primary card hasn’t begun but and there is been seven stoppages in eight fights with 4 of them by submission. Hopefully, the primary card is as thrilling because the prelims.
9:36 p.m.: No cause for Roberson to be so wild early on. It ended up costing as Ferreira scored a simple takedown.
9:24 p.m.: Within the featured preliminary bout of UFC 224, in middleweight motion, Cezar Ferreira goes up towards Karl Roberson. Ferreira (12-6) returns to his residence nation having received 4 of his final 5. Roberson (6-Zero) had a spectacular UFC debut, submitting Darren Stewart within the first spherical at UFC Combat Evening 120 in November. A big step up in competitors for Roberson as Ferreira is Eight-Four contained in the octagon.
9:14 p.m.: I suppose somebody from the UFC is studying our article since they will air the thrilling opening battle at UFC 224 between Markus Perez faces James Bochnovic.
9:08 p.m.: Oleinik def. Albini by submission (Ezekiel choke) at 1:45 of the primary spherical. Within the opening sequence, Oleinik someway bought lower and was gushing blood. He had a determined look in his eye and instantly grabbed Albini in what gave the impression to be a standing choke and pulled guard. He snuck his left arm inside his neck and compelled Albini to faucet out. Superb to see Oleinik safe this unknown choke in two of his final three submission wins. He is received three of final 4 fights, all of them by submission.
The one loss in that span got here to high contender Curtis Blaydes. Intriguing to see what the UFC will do subsequent with the “Boa Constrictor”. He ought to climb into the highest ten and get a major step up in competitors within the close to future.
Aleksei Oleinik finishes the battle with yet one more Ezekiel choke. pic.twitter.com/UambFMvU57
— FOX Sports activities: UFC (@UFCONFOX) Might 13, 2018
9:00 p.m.: Baffled on why the UFC would go about 15 minutes in between fights with the Vasyl Lomachenko – Jorge Linares happening. Preserve the followers tuned and do not give them an choice to modify the channel.
Eight:45 p.m.: Arising subsequent at UFC 224, in heavyweight motion, No. 10 ranked Aleksei Oleinik battles No. 14 ranked Júnior Albini. Oleinik’s (52-11-1) received two of his final three fights. Albini (14-Three) comes into his first UFC pay-per-view on a dropping observe to former heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski by unanimous determination at UFC Combat Evening 120 in November. Can the 40-year-old Oleinik proceed his profession resurgence or does the younger guard get rid of the veteran from title rivalry?
Eight:36 p.m.: Ramos def. Hein by submission (rear-naked choke) at. Shock efficiency by Ramos. Did not see it in him. He executed a fantastic feint to attain the takedown. After that, Hein did not stand an opportunity. A superb transition to Hein’s again sealed his destiny, as he tapped out immediately. We now have a brand new prospect within the light-weight division, who additionally has among the best nicknames in MMA, “The Tasmanian Satan”.
Eight:23 p.m.: Up subsequent at UFC 224, in light-weight motion, Davi Ramos faces Nick Hein. Ramos (7-2) in his final outing, gained his first UFC victory over Chris Gruetzemacher at UFC Combat Evening 123 in December. Hein (14-2) returns from a 20-month layoff, after profitable his first three fights within the UFC. Hein was somebody to be careful earlier than his time without work. Been an attention-grabbing night time up to now with 4 fighters having prolonged breaks.
Eight:11 p.m.: dos Santos def. Strickland by knockout at Three:12 of the primary spherical. We mentioned he wanted to start out fast. His crew should have learn what mentioned. Whereas tentative within the opening 90 seconds, dos Santos began to let his arms and toes go. He noticed Strickland together with his arms down and linked on a fantastic spinning again head kick, which knocked out Strickland immediately. Nice exhibiting by dos Santos. He is now received 5 consecutive fights.
— UFC (@ufc) Might 13, 2018
Eight:02 p.m.: Persevering with on at UFC 224, in welterweight motion, Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos takes on Sean Strickland. dos Santos (18-5) is on a run, having received 4 consecutive fights. Strickland (19-2) can also be on a roll, profitable 4 of his final 5. dos Santos has the facility benefit, having received 12 of his 18 wins come by knockout. He wants to start out fast although as he is fallen behind in his final two fights, as Strickland is an excellent finisher.
7:53 p.m.: Alves def. Aliev by TKO at 5:00 of the second spherical. Very good transfer by the physician to cease it. You can not have fighters persevering with once they can not see out of 1 eye. Alves is now 6-2 within the UFC and received back-to-back fights. A rising prospect in a talent-rich welterweight division.
7:47 p.m.: That is all Alves. He is managed each second of the primary 10 minutes of motion, which has been contested on the toes. Aliev’s proper eye is swollen like a 16-inch softball and is totally shut. Would not be shocked if the battle is stopped right here.
7:36 p.m.: Up subsequent at UFC 224, in welterweight motion, Warlley Alves fights Sultan Aliev. Alves (11-2), who received the third season of ‘The Final Fighter Brazil’ returns from an 18-month layoff. Aliev (14-2) misplaced his most up-to-date outing to Bojan Velickovic through a slim cut up determination at UFC on Fox 22 in Dec. 2016. Each fighters are coming off prolonged absences so anticipate it to be a battle of attrition.
7:28 p.m.: Hermansson def. Leites by TKO at 2:10 of the third spherical. We mentioned it might come to the ultimate spherical and it did. Having a way of urgency, Hermansson shortly secured a takedown. Leites reversed it however Hermansson swept him proper again. Leites tried to reverse place once more however Hermansson shifted his physique to get into full mount. Wincing in ache, Hermansson threw each shot with every little thing he had. Referee Marc Goddard had seen sufficient of Leites getting battered and stopped the motion.
What a gutsy efficiency by Hermansson. He mentioned in his post-fight interview that he felt like he broke a bone in his leg. The native of Sweden has now received three of his final 4 fights.
WOW!!! How robust is @JackTheJokerMMA!?
— UFC Canada (@UFC_CA) Might 12, 2018
7:19 p.m.: Arduous battle to attain after two rounds. Hermansson regarded to have managed the opening spherical and Leites used his floor work to seemingly win the second. Whoever wins the ultimate spherical ought to get the nod. Giver Hermansson credit score for surviving the second after getting his leg battered by Leites.
7:09 p.m.: Arising at UFC 224, in middleweight motion, Thales Leites goes up towards Jack Hermansson. Leites (27-Eight) is a former middleweight title challenger to Anderson Silva, is available in 2-Three in his final 5 fights. Hermansson’s (16-Four) been a combined bag in his UFC tenure, going 2-2. One thing has to offer right here between two fighters at completely different crossroads of their careers.
7:04 p.m.: Emeev def. Mina by unanimous determination (30-27, 30-27, 30-27). Dominant efficiency by Emeev, who managed the motion together with his wrestling. You might inform Mena was off for nearly two years. Emeev runs his profitable streak to 6.
6:54 p.m.: Emeev controlling the primary two rounds. He is constantly taking Mina to the bottom a lot to the dismay of the sparse crowd. Time for Mena to go for broke within the closing spherical.
6:39 p.m.: Up subsequent at UFC 224, in welterweight motion, Alberto Mina battles Ramazan Emeev. Mina (13-Zero) hasn’t competed in 22 months after a spectacular knockout over Mike Pyle at UFC Combat Evening 90 resulting from damage. Emeev (16-Three) rides a five-fight profitable streak together with a powerful UFC debut over Sam Alvey at UFC Combat Evening 118 in October. He is received seven fights by submission, 4 through rear-naked choke.
Earlier than his damage, Mina was one of the crucial thrilling prospects within the sport, profitable 12 of his 13 bouts resulting from stoppage. Will Mina give you the option shake the rust off? As a rule, being off for that period of time spells catastrophe.
6:33 p.m.: Perez def. Bochnovic by submission (rear-naked choke) at Four:28 of the primary spherical. Perez did precisely what he wanted to do to win. He took Bochnovic to the bottom and went to work. Perez slowly transitioned to Bochnovic’s again and locked within the choke and Bochnovic tapped out. Nice solution to begin the cardboard and setting the tone for the Brazilian fighters.
6:20 p.m.: The opening bout of UFC 224, in middleweight motion, Markus Perez faces James Bochnovic. Perez (9-1) made his UFC debut again in December at UFC Combat Evening 123, dropping to Eryk Anders by unanimous determination. Out of these 9 victories, Perez’s received 4 of them within the first spherical. Bochnovic (9-2) makes his octagon debut at middleweight after unsuccessful first outing towards Trevin Giles at UFC 213. Can Perez set the development for the Brazilian fighters?
6:18 p.m.: Whats up, battle followers, I am Steven Muehlhausen of Sporting Information. UFC 224 is about start from the Jeunesse Area in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The primary occasion options Amanda Nunes seeking to defend her UFC girls’s bantamweight title for the fourth time, as she battle Raquel Pennington. Seize some drinks and meals and keep locked in to our UFC 224 dwell protection all night time lengthy.
6:00 p.m.: UFC 224 begins in 15 minutes. Attention-grabbing video despatched out right here by the UFC of Nunes pummeling Ronda Rousey again at UFC 207. Will “The Lioness” be capable to do the identical factor to Pennington later this night?
— UFC (@ufc) Might 12, 2018
Three:27 p.m.: We’re inching nearer to UFC 224. Right here is the ultimate episode of UFC 224 video sequence, Embedded with all of they key gamers on Saturday’s present.
The LAST Embedded has simply dropped.
— UFC (@ufc) Might 12, 2018
This part will likely be up to date nearer to the opening bout at 6:15 p.m.
UFC battle card
- Amanda Nunes (c) vs. Raquel Pennington for Nunes’ UFC Girls’s Bantamweight championship
- Ronaldo Souza vs. Kelvin Gastelum; Middleweight
- Mackenzie Dern vs. Amanda Cooper; Girls’s Catchweight (123 lbs)
- John Lineker vs. Brian Kelleher; Bantamweight
- Vitor Belfort vs. Lyoto Machida; Middleweight
- Cezar Ferreira vs. Karl Roberson; Middleweight
- Oleksiy Oliynyk vs. Júnior Albini; Heavyweight
- Davi Ramos vs. Nick Hein; Light-weight
- Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos vs. Sean Strickland; Welterweight
- Warlley Alves vs. Sultan Aliev; Welterweight
- Thales Leites vs. Jack Hermansson; Middleweight
- Alberto Mina vs. Ramazan Emeev; Welterweight
- Markus Perez vs. James Bochnovic; Middleweight
UFC 224 newest information
– Raquel Pennington explains to SN why she felt she would now not get to battle for the title after accident.
– Kelvin Gastelum tells SN he knew he needed to develop up if he desires to turn out to be a UFC champion.
– What’s on the road at UFC 224? We breakdown the primary card.
– Who will emerge victorious at UFC 224? Our SN MMA consultants give their picks.
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