UFC 224: Nunes vs. Pennington took place on May 12th, 2018 at the Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janerio, Brazil. The main event features a women’s bantamweight title bout as Amanda Nunes takes on Raquel Pennington. Also on the card, Vitor Belfort fights for the final time in the octagon as he takes on Lyoto Machida.
UFC 224 Post-Fight Press Conference:
More Video Links:
- Kelvin Gastelum backstage interview
- Mackenzie Dern backstage interview
- Lyoto Machida backstage interview
Vitor Belfort announces retirement from MMA:
- Amanda Nunes defeated Raquel Pennington via 5th round TKO (punches)
- Kelvin Gastelum defeated Jacare Souza via split-decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Mackenzie Dern defeated Amanda Cooper via 1st round submission (rear-naked choke)
- John Lineker defeated Brian Kelleher via 1st round knockout (punch)
- Lyoto Machida defeated Vitor Belfort via 2nd round knockout (front kick)
Preliminary Card (*UFC Fight Pass Bout)
- Cezar Ferreira defeated Karl Roberson via 1st round submission (arm triangle)
- Oleksiy Oliynyk defeated Junior Albini via 1st round submission (Ezekiel Choke)
- Davi Ramos defeated Nick Hein via 1st round submission (rear-naked choke)
- Elizeu Z. dos Santos defeated Sean Strickland via 1st round TKO (spinning wheel kick & punches)
- *Warlley Alves defeated Sultan Aliev via 2nd round TKO (doctor stoppage)
- *Jack Hermansson defeated Thales Leites via 3rd round TKO (punches)
- *Ramazan Emeev defeated Alberto Mina via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- *Markus Perez defeated James Bochnovic via 1st round submission (rear-naked choke)
Watch UFC 224 Weigh In’s:
- May 11th: During the ceremonial weigh in’s, Mackenzie Dern came in seven pounds over (123 Ibs.) the women’s bantamweight limit (116 Ibs.) and was forced to give up 30% of her fight purse to her opponent Amanda Cooper. Also, 10% of her purse will also go to CABMMA (Brazilian Atheltic Commision).
- February 23rd: With Cris “Cyborg” Santos pulling out of the title fight with Amanda Nunes at this event, Raquel Pennington (9-5) has stepped in and will fight Amanda Nunes at the event. Raquel Pennington is currently riding a four-fight win streak with notable victories over Meisha Tate, Bethe Correia, and Jessica Andrade during the streak.
- Rumor: Volkan Oedemir vs. Glover Teixeira was rumored for this event but the rumor was cut off and Oezdemir was later scheduled for a bout against Shogun Rua in a headline bout on July 22nd in Hamburg, Germany.