Raquel Pennington’s Corner Refused To Let Her Quit, Forced Her to Get BRUTALLY KO’d at UFC 224 (VIDEO)
Amanda Nunes successfully defended her UFC women’s bantamweight title against Raquel Pennington at UFC 224 in Rio de Janiero on Saturday night.
The result itself was hardly surprising. There’s a reason Nunes is the champ. What was surprising was the manner of Pennington’s defeat.
By the end of the fourth round, Pennington had taken quite a beating. The strike count was 152-79 in favor of Nunes. Pennington had a broken nose, swollen lips, and swollen eyes. It was obvious to everyone watching at home that she was done. It was obvious to the TV commentators that she was done. It was obvious to Pennington that she was done. That’s why she flat out told her corner, “I’M DONE. I WANNA BE DONE.”
Unfortunately, her corner wouldn’t listen. When Pennington said she was done, her coach responded, “no, no, no, no.” Then he told her to “change your mindset,” “throw everything we got,” and “recover later.”
Corner: “No, no, no, no.”
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In the end, Pennington listened to her coach and went back out there. And then, in the fifth round, this happened:
Pennington lost the fight via TKO and had to be transported to the hospital. Afterward, everybody was pretty upset about the way Pennington’s corner failed her, including Amanda Nunes.
Here’s what Nunes had to say after the fight, per ESPN:
“It’s sad because you could avoid something,” Nunes said about Pennington’s corner. “She went to the hospital. It might be a bad injury. … It’s sad. If she didn’t have the right conditioning to fight, the coach should have thrown in the towel for sure. I think my coach wouldn’t have let me go through that.
“It’s sad. … I think she really needs to surround herself with people that want the best for her so she can evolve in her next fight. Unfortunately, tonight he failed.”
MMA Twitter also weighed in:
Raquel Pennington’s corner should be ashamed of themselves. There was no need for Pennington to even get off the stool and start the 5th round to begin with when she clearly told her team she was done. #UFC224
— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) May 13, 2018
That pretty much goes against everything a corner is supposed to do for a fighter. https://t.co/tx9ca5IACh
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) May 13, 2018
Raquel Pennington, with a broken nose and severely bruised left leg, told her team she was done after the 4th. But her corner told her to go back out there for the 5th. And Amanda Nunes continued to hurt her until fight was stopped. Pennington’s team should be suspended for this.
— Myron Medcalf (@MedcalfByESPN) May 13, 2018
Fuck Raquel Pennington’s corner. If your fighter says I’m done SHES FUCKING DONE. Smh #ufc224
— CLOWNPrinceOfChive (@j24kb_mamba) May 13, 2018
— Mars Herns (@MarsHerns) May 13, 2018
No word yet whether the UFC will take any action against Raquel Pennington’s corner for their dangerous failure at UFC 224. But there could be some hell to pay if they don’t.