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Pennington left in a bloody mess as Nunes defends her UFC title

13 May 2018

Make no mistake, just because there are no "superstars" now at 135 does not mean that Nunes run has been anything less than impressive.

Clearly perturbed by being taken down in the second round, Nunes marched forward even more in the third, though she finally encountered some tough resistance.

Once the fight was over, Nunes called Pennington and her fiancée Tecia Torres to join her in the Octagon where she addressed how hard this fight was for her. On the high of capturing the title, Nunes welcomed back former bantamweight queen, Ronda Rousey, who had not stepped inside the Octagon for more than a year following her stunning upset loss to Holly Holm at UFC 193.

At the UFC 224 post-fight press conference, Nunes addressed the situation after only finding out about it when her partner Nina Ansaroff told her about the fight.

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Nunes is 7-1 when she fights in Brazil, while Pennington is fighting in the country for the first time. It is expected that the victor will next fight middleweight champion Robert Whittaker, assuming he takes care of business as a solid betting favorite over Yoel Romero at UFC 225 next month. While her skills remain fearsome, she does not figure to become an ambassador for the company.

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Despite offering very little in terms of offense, Pennington did keep the champion on her toes with some well-placed counter punches, though they had little effect on "The Lioness". Pennington will have to be wary of over extending and getting caught.

That said, Gastelum's speed and accurate striking does make it tempting to back him for the win, knowing full well that it's not the percentage play.

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"[The injury] was scary, I was anxious about her", Nunes said.

To her credit Pennington came out on the attack but Nunes took her down and sensing an opportunity to end the fight, Nunes unleashed a barrage of ground-and-pound strikes that busted open Pennington's nose, which left the canvas as well as Pennington' s face to be bloodied. The win also serves as Nunes' third consecutive title defense since winning the belt in 2016.

The American hadn't fought since November 2016 because of injuries. UFC 224 Embedded is an all-access, behind-the-scenes video blog leading up to the women's bantamweight championship at UFC 218 on Saturday, May 12th on Pay-Per-View.

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Pennington left in a bloody mess as Nunes defends her UFC title