UFC 224 Nunes vs. Pennington – Results & Play By Play Updates

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Lyoto Machida defeated Vitor Belfort via KO in R2

The legends square it off in the octagon and there’s lot of respect between these two. They’re circling and taking tie to read each others moves. Lyoto makes the first contact with a kick and follows up with more. Vitor tries to follow up but the elusive Lyoto backs up. First round goes in favour of the dragon. Second round begins ont he same note but this time Vitor is being more aggressive and moves ahead. Lyoto keeps circling away. They’re both nw inthe center of the octagon and boom comes a rear kick right through the center after distracting through the lead leg. Machida unloads and lands on the button. The same front kick that got Vitor knocked out against Anderson Silva. It’s the 10th KO win for the Dragon.


The moment these two bantamweights stepped into the octagon, fireworks were guaranteed and they kicked off right from the first round. Both Lineker and Brian went back and forth in the first round to land some clean shots. Lineker with his hands of stone Lineker landed some heavy shots but Brian still continued to fight through. Brian responded with his own combination that stumbled the Brazilian for a moment. Lineker’s trademark left hook kept on landing coupled with his leg kicks. As the rounds progressed, Brian started retreating and showed signs of being under pressure. Lineker moved head with his constant pressure and landed a heavy left hook that landed on the chin making it his 13th win via KO/TKO.

Mackenzie Dern defeated Amanda Cooper via Submission in R1 2:27

Despite being over the scales for this fight, it just took Dern 1 round to dispatch off the over confident Cooper with her striking. Cooper ate a right hand in the opening seconds of th first round but was unfazed and kept on moving forward. Her striking and head movement was clearly way below Dern’s who landed another looping strike. Dern notices her right hand landing and unleashes a powerful over hand right that drops Cooper to the ground. In no time, the rear naked choke sinks in and Cooper taps out.

Kelvin Gastelum defeated Ronaldo Souza via Split Decision

Kelvin pulls it off with a split decision after been dominated for the first round and taken down multiple times during the fight. Only in the second round did Kelvin came back with his trikes that sent Souza to the canvas. Souza lost all of his energy after trying to submit Kelvin in the first. He started to fade off and in the final round was exhausted. Kelvin defended the takedowns well and tagged Souza with his boxing. It might not have been his best performance but defeating the #2 fighter in the division does get him the title shot.

Amanda Nunes defeated Raquel Pennington via TKO in R5

A one sided beat down that went down for five rounds saw Amanda Nunes defend her title belt for the third time. The very first strike of the fight was a leg kick that sent Pennington stumbling on the ground. Pennington was a game fighter but was just not on the level of Amanda and took a lot of beating. She tried eleven take down attempts but was successful with only one. While Amanda got multiple take downs her striking is what set the tone of the fight. By the final round, Pennington had taken a lot of beating and almost gave up. A dominant performance by the Lioness, sends a solid message to the bantamweight division that the belt belongs to Brazil and is going to stay for a long time.




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