Amanda Nunes Cared More For Raquel Pennington Than Pennington’s Scummy Corner Did

Bryan Brandom
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Raquel Pennington knew she’d been defeated by Amanda Nunes after four rounds at UFC 224 in Rio de Janeiro.

But she’d fight embark on one more round under pressure from her corner.

The beating continued for 156 more seconds.

And it didn’t end well.

At all.

After sending her opponent to the hospital, Nunes showed more concern for Pennington than the fallen fighter’s corner had shown between Rounds 4 and 5.

Raquel Pennington needs a new corner

“It’s sad because you could avoid something,” Nunes said of Pennington’s corner following her third defense of the bantamweight belt, according to ESPN. “She went to the hospital. It might be a bad injury. … It’s sad. If she didn’t have the right conditioning to fight, the coach should have thrown in the towel for sure. I think my coach wouldn’t have let me go through that.

“It’s sad. … I think she really needs to surround herself with people that want the best for her so she can evolve in her next fight. Unfortunately, tonight he failed.”

The two are close friends; Nunes used to train with Tecia Torres, Pennington’s fiancée.

I know a coach is supposed to push their athletes to their limits, but this athlete had reached hers. Pennington’s a veteran fighter, nearly a decade out from her amateur debut.

The 29-year-old knows when she’s been beaten.

For her next fight, hopefully she’ll have a new corner who’ll trust her if she says so.