Several of UFC’s top fighters are disgusted with Raquel Pennington’s corner for refusing to listen to her pleas to withdraw from her fight against Amanda Nunes 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.
“I’m done. I wanna be done,” Pennington told her coaches in between rounds four and five.
Instead of stopping the fight, her coaches convinced her to continue.
“No, no, no, no,” her coach Jason Kutz responded. “Don’t go out like this. C’mon girl. I know it hurts. I know it hurts. Let’s power through this. Let’s breathe. Change your mindset. Let’s just throw everything we’ve got. Throw everything we’ve got. We’ll recover later. We’ll recover later. Throw everything we’ve got.”
UFC’s top stars including Brian Ortega, Aljamain Sterling and Kevin Lee reacted with fury to the ignorance of Pennington’s corner. Take a look below:
Coaches should throw that towel…sad
— Rafael dos Anjos (@RdosAnjosMMA) May 13, 2018
I’m at a bar, I did NOT get to hear that! That’s insane and shitty. https://t.co/n5hWtGPeOZ
— Aljamain Sterling (@FunkMaster_UFC) May 13, 2018
They should have never let her go into the 5th round like that.
— Brian Ortega (@BrianTcity) May 13, 2018
This the kind of shit I was talking about on #JRE this MMA cornering is out of control.She asked for a way out and they make her go get beat
— Kevin MTP Lee (@MoTownPhenom) May 13, 2018
Raquel’s team most definitely knows how tough she is given all she’s been through with her injuries that have kept her out of the octagon.
For them to send her out for the 5th round when she says she’s done is complete negligence on their part and selfish as fuck.
— Michael Chiesa (@MikeMav22) May 13, 2018
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