Amanda Nunes TKOs Raquel Pennington to retain UFC women's bantamweight title

Lawrence Cooper
May 13, 2018

The UFC women's bantamweight bout took place at the Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro which was witness to a night dominated by stoppages, 11 of 13 to be precise. Instead, they implored her to go back out and leave it all in the Octagon rather than stopping the fight at her request. But I had to defend the belt. Still, Pennington stuck in the pocket and started firing back with her punches whenever the champion would move forward. "We're going to have a beer and celebrate our friendship".

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

Nunes got the back of Pennington in the fifth, the 29-year-old landing a volley of strikes from the top to the head and face of Pennington, who's nose exploded, leaving a bloody mess and forcing the referee to eventually intervene.

In the co-main event, Kelvin Gastelum picked up a signature win in a very close fight after three thrilling rounds with Ronaldo Souza in middleweight title contenders bout.

Unbeaten Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist Mackenzie Dern overcame American Amanda Cooper in the strawweight division.

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The Brazilian jiu-jitsu star improved to 6-0 with the win.

Next up, John Lineker continued to prove he is one of the most unsafe fighters in the lightweight divisions after scoring a third-round finish of Brian Kelleher via KO.

Lineker introduced his heavy hands at the midpoint of the first-round when he dropped Kelleher to the canvas with a left hook. "Rocky" began to press the action a bit more. Former lightweight champion Vitor Belfort announced his retirement after losing to countryman and former champion Lyoto Machida by knockout.

Machida tried to set up a date with former UFC middleweight champion, Michael Bisping, who is now looking for a dance partner for his retirement bout.

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

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