Raquel Pennington Is Amanda Nunes' Stiffest Opponent To Date

Raquel Pennington Is Amanda Nunes' Stiffest Opponent To Date

Raquel Pennington Is Amanda Nunes' Stiffest Opponent To Date

All of Amanda Nunes' wins in her homeland have ended early, but challenger Raquel Pennington has a history of going the distance.

Lyoto Machida is listed as a -275 favorite, putting Belfort as a 2.35 to 1 underdog. On the flip side, if Gastelum keeps it standing then the fight should be his. The champion needed a bout and Pennington happens to be the one who has the best resume for a shot at this point. There has been a great deal of speculation about her work ethic considering she is already famous and successful in the jiu-jitsu world and has expressed a desire to make a big splash and retire young now that she is in MMA full-time.

"We met because of this sport, and it's just one of those things where we have a friendship on the outside, but there's business on the inside", Pennington told MMAjunkie ahead of the bout.

For one, Souza has only lost to Robert Whittaker and Yoel Romero in the past three years.

"I think that would be an incredible next step for MMA as a sport, to openly welcome male athletes to come out as well, but that's not just mixed martial arts, that's sport across the board", says combat sports journalist Nick Peet.

Brazilian fighters will fight Americans up and down the rest of the card. He will get a chance to put together back-to-back wins for the first time since 2014 against Belfort, who once again says he will retire after this fight. Middleweight Vitor Belfort and his service dog greet UFC Hall of Famer Minotauro Nogueira, and strawweight Mackenzie Dern does interviews.

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This will be an unofficial Main Event for the Brazilian fans as they get to see Vitor Belfort fight in the UFC for probably the last time as this is the final fight on his contract. Nunes is risky on the feet and has done away with her cardio issues. Gastelum is a fantastic wrestler but will lose in a grappling match with Souza. What he can't afford to do is try to take Jacare down.

Nunes has become the woman to beat in the division.

I feel like Nunes is dodging Cris Cyborg with this fight.

Pennington historically has a fantastic chin. She's going to have to show more if she wants to live up to the potential that has been affixed to her since she even discussed a transition to MMA. That was Nunes' first bout to go five rounds. I can see "Hands of Stone" taking a decision win.

Pennington's corner implored her to move forward on the champion, which she did well in the second round.

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