Trading Shots: Did Raquel Pennington’s coaches fail her in UFC 224 main event?

Should Raquel Pennington’s coaches have heeded her pleas to call off the UFC women’s bantamweight title bout prior to the fifth round at UFC 224 in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday night? MMAjunkie columnist Ben Fowlkes joins retired UFC and WEC fighter Danny Downes to discuss.

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Fowlkes: So there we are in the UFC 224 main event, Danny. Through four rounds, Raquel Pennington has been pretty well handled by UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes, and things only seem to be getting worse. Pennington’s nose is smashed. Her eye is swelling up. She’s hanging her head on the stool after the fourth round. Then she gets up and turns to her coaches to tell them she’s done.

You already know what happens next. Pennington’s coaches talk her out of it. They tell her to change her mindset. They tell her she can recover later. They tell her to just throw everything she has at Nunes in this last round. They convince her to go back out there, at which point the beating finally gets bad enough for the ref to step in and do what her corner wouldn’t.

So what was that all for? Is this where you feed me some cliches about being a warrior and going out on your shield? Or is it about

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