Amanda Nunes vs. Raquel Pennington Set For UFC 224 Main Event

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After Cyborg's dominant victory at UFC 222, many called for the women's bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes to go up a weight class to face fellow Brazilian and featherweight champion, Cris Cyborg. Since then, she has defended the belt twice, viciously putting a halt on Ronda Rousey's return at UFC 207, before edging Valentina Shevchenko over five rounds at UFC 215.

Although Nunes (15-4 MMA, 8-1 UFC) vs. Pennington (9-5 MMA, 6-2 UFC) was expected, UFC President Dana White toyed with the idea of scrapping it to ensure a champion vs. champion showdown between Nunes and featherweight titleholder Cyborg (20-1 MMA, 5-0 UFC). Pennington is on a four-fight win streak, most recently defeating Miesha Tate at UFC 205. She earned her title after less than one round of action, retiring Tate via submission. Nunes is now rising a six-fight win streak against absurd competition, beating Miesha Tate, Ronda Rousey, and Valentina Shevchenko twice.

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For Nunes, the fight with Pennington will be the third attempted defense of her bantamweight title in a win streak that stretches six fights.

However, it was too quick a turnaround for Cyborg. And I just think [Cyborg] and Nunes is the fight that needs to happen. Nunes wants the fight, she wants the fight, I want the fight, I'm sure the fans want to see it, too.

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The event will take place in Rio de Janeiro at the Jeunesse Arena and will also feature previously announced bouts between Vitor Belfort and Lyoto Machida and Jacare Souza and Kelvin Gastelum.

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