UFC Fight Night 118 Results: Matches To Make For The Winners And Losers

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Amanda Nunes def. Raquel Pennington by TKO at 2:36 of the fifth round

     

The champion has matured. What may have been an aberration against Valentina Shevchenko was proved to be how things are now. Nunes has developed her patience and is more than willing to pick her opponents apart rather than blitz them right away.

The unfortunate aspect of the fight was Raquel Pennington's corner sending her out for the final round after she told them she was done. Nothing in the previous four rounds showed that Pennington would suddenly find a quick end to the round. She was tired, beaten-up and mentally checked-out. Her corner failed her.

Pennington deserves a rest, but after being out since 2016, she needs to be more active to reclaim her status. May 27's bout between Gina Mazany and Lina Lansberg could provide Pennington's next foe. The winner would get a chance to face a top-five bantamweight and jump into the title picture.

If we are looking at Nunes' next defense, it really is Ketlen Vieira. The title picture is a mess for choosing legitimate contenders since Holly Holm has decided to fight at 145 and others are absent or coming off losses. Still, Vieira is not the fight to make.

The only fight to make for Nunes is a fight against Cris "Cyborg" Justino.

Holm's performance against Justino did show there is a path to victory, even if small. Nunes' domination at bantamweight and all-around abilities show that she is one of the very few threats to Cyborg in MMA. It is the fight to book. So make it.

Source : http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2775758-ufc-224-results-matches-to-make-for-the-winners-and-losers

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