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UFC 224 official weigh-in - Raquel Pennington vs. Amanda Nunes

13 May, 2018, 09:33 | Author: Carla Brady
  • Amanda Nunes

This evening's (Sat., May 12, 2018) UFC 224 is in the books from the Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Nunes, 29, now lives and trains in Florida, but was born in Salvador, Brazil. Not only that, but she came in seven pounds overweight. Pennington hasn't fought since UFC 205 back in November 2016.

One of the hidden themes surrounding the main event of UFC 224 is the history behind it.

Belfort is still risky, but only for the first few minutes of the fight.

She didn't know for sure. Even "Bullet" had problems in both her bouts against "The Lioness".

Storyline: An unofficial old-timers' fight will open the main card. She is going to win handily. Pennington is where she is because she is relentless. "So, I told her this week that I was glad I could make her dreams come true". Consensus says if Souza gets it to the ground, the fight is over.

There is no shortage of intriguing storylines around this fight.

For one, Souza has only lost to Robert Whittaker and Yoel Romero in the past three years. Nunes' humble beginnings in Brazil, the ties she's kept to the area and the ownership she's taken of this division.

Amanda Nunes facing Raquel Pennington will feature the first championship match between two openly gay competitors, according to the Shadow League.

Time certainly favors Kelvin Gastelum over Jacare Souza.

That was a global event.

That'll do it for the UFC 224 predictions.

In the case of Miesha Tate, the former champion was much slower and less powerful than Amanda Nunes. These two both deserve their respective rankings and for that reasoning alone, I think that Jacare squeeks out the win.

"I feel, in my own way, I'm building my own little legacy". But how many of her previous main event matchups make the list of most important UFC women's main events? If either of the two gets hit clean and hard it could be over.

The ferocious striker and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt destroyed Mesiha Tate at UFC 200 to win the belt before doing the same to Rousey in her first defence.

According to Fightmetric, Nunes outlanded Pennington in total strikes 152-to-79.

Pennington's best skill is her boxing. His work has been featured on Sports Illustrated, ESPN.com, FOXSports.com, CBSSports.com and many others.

Pennington's corner implored her to move forward on the champion, which she did well in the second round. But aggression is also important for Pennington if she wants to test Nunes' cardio.

There are still question marks in Nunes' game. She missed weight again before her bout with Amanda Cooper. But Shevchenko fights at one of the slowest paces in the sport.

Nunes' incredible run of form has left six consecutive wins in her rear-view mirror, with only Valentina Shevchenko able to take the aggressive Brazilian out of the first round. That said, Jacare can be risky on his feet as well.

Pennington was losing badly after four rounds.

Prediction: Nunes via TKO, third round.


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