UFC 224: Nunes vs. Pennington – Winners and Losers

Understandably, there wasn’t a lot of excitement around UFC 224. Even though the UFC has had plenty of opportunities to push and promote women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes, they have failed to do so, leading to a lukewarm reception to her headlining this card. Despite that, UFC 224 was top-to-bottom the best card of 2018 so far. Eleven of the thirteen contests featured a stoppage, many of them spectacular. The one main card contest that went the distance was one of the better fights of 2018, and the fight of the night between Jacare Souza and Kelvin Gastelum.

As you can guess on a card featuring so many definitive finishes, there wasn’t a lot of middle ground for winners and losers for this card. Here’s what you need to know for the evening.

Winners

Amanda Nunes: Remember how the MMA community used to talk about what it would take for someone to dethrone Ronda Rousey? How she was showing new skills in every contest? It’s time to start having those conversations about Nunes. When she took the title from Tate and beat down Rousey, the talk was she can’t go five rounds. When she did that against Valentina Shevchenko, it was that the fight was an extremely slow-paced contest. Those detractors have to shut

Article source: https://www.bloodyelbow.com/2018/5/13/17349266/ufc-224-nunes-vs-pennington-winners-and-losers-mma

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