It's official - women's bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes will fight Raquel Pennington at UFC 224 on May 12th in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She also scored a first round TKO over Ronda Rousey in December of 2016 in her first title defence.
Although Nunes (15-4 MMA, 8-1 UFC) vs. Pennington (9-5 MMA, 6-2 UFC) was expected, UFC President Dana White toyed with the idea of scrapping it to ensure a champion vs. champion showdown between Nunes and featherweight titleholder Cyborg (20-1 MMA, 5-0 UFC).
With Nunes Vs Pennington now firmly installed as the headliner, UFC 224 proceeds with a card that also features Vitor Belfort's retirement fight against Lyoto Machida and Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza taking on Kelvin Gastelum. "Nunes wants the fight, she wants the fight, I want the fight, I'm sure the fans want to see it, too, so we'll get that one going".
Nunes defeated Valentina Shevchenko via unanimous decision last September at UFC 215 in Edmonton to retain the belt for the second time.
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Her most recent fight came back in November of 2016 at UFC 205 when she picked up a win over former women's bantamweight champion Miesha Tate.
Her opponent, Raquel Pennington is on a very impressive four fight win streak and most definitely deserves her shot.
The showdown between UFC champions Amanda Nunes and Cris Cyborg will have to wait - if it happens at all. She's a beast. The fight to make is her and Nunes. She has notable wins against Miesha Tate and Jessica Andrade. "I'm not calling [Nunes] out".
However, it was too quick a turnaround for Cyborg.