Viva Brazil! UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes will look to defend her division title against venerable 135-pound contender Raquel Pennington in the five-round main event, while the all-Brazilian bangfest between Vitor Belfort and Lyoto Machida joins the Rio de Janeiro fight card. And let’s not forget the important middleweight co-main event showdown between Jacare Souza and Kelvin Gastelum!
Event: UFC 224: “Nunes vs. Pennington”
Date: Sat., May 12, 2018
Location: Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Broadcast: Pay-Per-View (PPV), FX, UFC Fight Pass
UFC 224 PPV Main Event:
135 lbs.: UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Amanda Nunes vs. Raquel Pennington
UFC 224 PPV Main Card:
185 lbs.: Ronaldo Souza vs. Kelvin Gastelum
115 lbs.: Mackenzie Dern vs. Amanda Cooper
135 lbs.: John Lineker vs. Brian Kelleher
185 lbs.: Vitor Belfort vs. Lyoto Machida
UFC 224 Prelims on FX (8 p.m. ET):
185 lbs.: Cezar Ferreira vs. Karl Roberson
265 lbs.: Junior Albini vs. Aleksei Oliynyk
155 lbs.: Nick Hein vs. Davi Ramos
170 lbs.: Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos vs. Sean Strickland
UFC 224 Prelims on Fight Pass (6:15 p.m. ET):
170 lbs.: Warlley Alves vs. Sultan Aliev
185 lbs.: Jack Hermansson vs. Thales Leites
170 lbs.: Ramazan Emeev vs. Alberto Mina
185 lbs.: Markus Perez vs. James Bochnovic
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UFC 224 live: 9 Fights To Watch Before The Amanda Nunes Vs. Raquel Pennington Fight Card
UFC 224 takes place Saturday at Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday, May 12. In the main event women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes puts her title on the line against Raquel Pennington, here are 10 fights you should watch before the event.
Amanda Nunes puts her UFC women’s bantamweight title on the line against Raquel Pennington at UFC 224 on Saturday, May 12 at Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
Here are nine fights to watch before that event takes place.
Amanda Nunes vs. Ronda Rousey – UFC 207 – Dec. 30, 2016.
Amanda Nunes stopped Ronda Rousey in under a minute at UFC 207.
Ronda Rousey made her return to the octagon a little more than a year after she lost the UFC women’s bantamweight title to Holly Holm via a second-round head kick knockout. Rousey’s opponent that night was Amanda Nunes. Nunes had captured the title a few months earlier when she submitted Miesha Tate in the first round of their UFC 200 matchup.
Nunes ran through the ex-champ. She used her reach to keep Rousey from getting in close and her strikes hurt Rousey early. Once Nunes had her opponent stunned, she upped her output, never giving Rousey a chance to recover. When the fight was stopped 48 seconds into the first round a trickle of blood ran from Rousey’s nose while she stood vacant-eyed in the octagon and waited to be tended to by the medical staff.
Nunes defended her title a second time at UFC 215 where she topped Valentina Shevchenko by split decision.