Amanda Nunes is unhappy with Raquel Pennington’s corner for refusing to listen to her pleas to quit their UFC 224 encounter in between rounds four and five.
Pennington (9-6) failed to capture the bantamweight title from Amanda Nunes (16-4) at Saturday night’s UFC 224 event, finding herself victim of a fifth-round TKO loss. Pennington was left a bloody mess by the end of the fight, and told her corner after round four that she no longer wanted to continue.
“The Lioness” Amanda Nunes reacted to finding out her opponent wanted out from the fight.
“It’s sad,” Nunes told reporters after the big win. “(My girlfriend) Nina (Ansaroff) told me. I didn’t even know. Nina told me in the locker room. It’s sad because you could avoid something. She went to the hospital. It might be a bad injury for her to go to the hospital. I already asked Nina to text her – if she needs anything I’m here. It’s sad.
“If she didn’t have the right conditioning to fight then the coach should have thrown in the towel for sure. I think my coach wouldn’t let me go through that. It’s sad. Everyone must be saying a lot of bad things about him on social media, but I really think she needs to surround herself with people who want the best for her so she can really evolve for her next fights. Unfortunately, tonight (the cornerman) failed.”
Ultimately Nunes believes Pennington has the wrong people around her.
“He should have listened to her at that moment,” Nunes said. “It’s important to have that friendship with your coach and for the coach to understand the athlete. I think that’s why I bond so well with my coaches and it’s working out. I hope that right now, going forward, she can be with people that really understand. People that are with her 100 percent.”
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