Amanda Nunes vs. Raquel Pennington to headline UFC 224
Mar 12 2018 by Marjorie Miles
A women's bantamweight championship fight is set to headline UFC 224. She has defended her strap twice, firstly finishing Ronda Rousey in the first minute of the fight in impressive fashion, and then won a very close bout with Shevchenko via split decision.
Her most high-profile fight came against Holly Holm at UFC 184 on February 28, 2015, a bout she lost after the judges ruled in favor of a split decision. After a string of victories, Nunes was awarded a bantamweight title fight against Miesha Tate on July 6, 2016 at UFC 200.
Nunes (15-4) is riding a six fight win streak. She cuts a tremendous amount of weight to make the featherweight limit of 145 pounds, so the UFC decided on Nunes-Pennington.
After Cyborg's response to Nunes callout from UFC 215, everyone assumed that would be the next fight for these two athletes.
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Pennington (9-5) earned her title shot by winning four in a row, including beating Tate by unanimous decision at UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden. She has also beaten Elizabeth Phillips, Bethe Correia and Jessica Andrade during the streak.
However, it was too quick a turnaround for Cyborg. Following Cyborg's TKO win over Yana Kunitskaya this past Saturday, White said he would consider making the super fight next. "I'm not calling [Nunes] out". UFC officials announced on Thursday that Nunes will defend her UFC women's bantamweight title against Pennington atop the card for the show, which takes place on May 12th in Rio de Janeiro and airs live on PPV.
UFC 224 will also see Vitor Belfort take on fellow legend, Lyoto Machida, and Kelvin Gastelum battle "Jacare" Souza.