UFC bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes successfully defended her belt at UFC 224, putting a beating on her friend and challenger Raquel Pennington. But did it have to be as bad as it was?
Pennington was losing badly after four rounds. In between the fourth and fifth rounds, Pennington was caught on mic in her corner telling her team, “I’m done. I want to be done.”
But her cornermen responded, “No, no, no, no, no,” and sent her back out for the fifth round.
Nunes opened Pennington’s nose like a faucet and closed out the fight midway through the final round, unloading until the referee stepped in to stop the fight.
Should Pennington’s corner have thrown in the towel? Should they have respected what she said and stopped the fight? Or did they do the right thing and push her to go back out for the final round?
Corner: "No, no, no, no."
— UFC 224: Nunes vs. Pennington on BT Sport (@btsportufc) May 13, 2018
— The Mane Event™ (@EliasTheodorou) May 13, 2018
They should have never let her go into the 5th round like that.
— Brian Ortega (@BrianTcity) May 13, 2018
Perfect example why you shouldn’t let a fighter continue if THEY say they’re done. #UFCRio
— Kenny Florian (@kennyflorian) May 13, 2018
Coaches should throw that towel…sad
— Rafael dos Anjos (@RdosAnjosMMA) May 13, 2018
Really feel bad for her. They’re meant to save her from punishment like that.. not send her out for more.
— Bec Rawlings (@RowdyBec) May 13, 2018
I’m at a bar, I did NOT get to hear that! That’s insane and shitty. https://t.co/n5hWtGPeOZ
— Aljamain Sterling (@FunkMaster_UFC) May 13, 2018
Raquel’s team most definitely knows how tough she is given all she’s been through with her injuries that have kept her out of the octagon.
For them to send her out for the 5th round when she says she’s done is complete negligence on their part and selfish as fuck.
— Michael Chiesa (@MikeMav22) May 13, 2018
This the kind of shit I was talking about on #JRE this MMA cornering is out of control.She asked for a way out and they make her go get beat
— Kevin MTP Lee (@MoTownPhenom) May 13, 2018
Regular people will never understand the depths of the psyche of a fighter. We’re just a different breed of human that need a different breed of person (handler) to deal with us.
— Will Brooks (@ILLxWillBrooks) May 13, 2018
@RockyPMMA has enough heart for any 10 regular fighters.
— Ryan Hall (@ryanhall5050) May 13, 2018
I NEED to know if @RockyPMMA is the type of fighter who constantly needs encouragement. I NEED to know how well her coaches know her and the intricacies of motivating her. I understand those saying this was reckless and dangerous, also get the other side, wait and see.
— Sean O'Connell (@realOCsports) May 13, 2018
Not good at all to put it lightly https://t.co/zsfL9BYhxZ
— Matt Brown (@IamTheImmortal) May 13, 2018