Amanda Nunes to Defend Bantamweight Crown vs. Raquel Pennington at UFC 224

By: Tristen Critchfield
Feb 24, 2018

Amanda Nunes will make her third bantamweight title defense against Raquel Pennington at UFC 224.

Multiple outlets have confirmed the pairing following an initial report by MMA journalist Damon Martin earlier this month. The UFC has not formally announced the 135-pound pairing, and it is unclear if the bout will serve as the card’s headliner.

UFC 224 takes place on May 12 in Rio de Janeiro and will also include a middleweight clash pitting Vitor Belfort against Lyoto Machida. Additionally, 185-pound contenders Ronaldo Souza and Kelvin Gastelum will square off in another featured bout.

Nunes, 29, captured the bantamweight crown with a first-round submission of Miesha Tate at UFC 200. “Lioness” has since defended the belt with a first-round technical knockout of Ronda Rousey at UFC 207 and split verdict over Valentina Shevchenko at UFC 215.

Pennington, also 29, has risen to No. 1 contender on the strength of a four-fight winning streak that includes triumphs over Tate, Bethe Correia and Jessica Andrade. The Colorado native hasn’t competed since outpointing Tate at UFC 205 in November 2016 after suffering a broken leg in a hunting accident.

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