Nunes/Pennington Set for UFC 224

Amanda Nunes vs. Cris Cyborg on hold Raquel Pennington's 135-pound title shot official

Amanda Nunes has successfully defended the bantamweight championship twice and on May 12th she'll try to add a third to her resume when she puts the gold on the line against Raquel Pennington in the main event of UFC 224.

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).

The fight was known to be in the works for some time, but after Cris "Cyborg's" quick win over Yana Kuniyskaya at UFC 222 there was some speculation that the promotion may look to revisit a superfight between "Cyborg" and Nunes at UFC 226 in July instead. 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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Her most recent fight came back in November of 2016 at UFC 205 when she picked up a win over former women's bantamweight champion Miesha Tate. Pennington made her promotional debut for UFC against Roxanne Modaffieri as a result of "The Ultimate Fighter 18" finale, winning by unanimous decision. She cuts a tremendous amount of weight to make the featherweight limit of 145 pounds, so the UFC decided on Nunes-Pennington.

"She's going to fight now, defend her title belt in Brazil in May, I think, and then probably I'm going to fight in July if she wins and is the champion". "I'm not calling [Nunes] out".

UFC 224 takes place live from the Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Saturday, May 24.

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