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Raquel Pennington’s Coach Defends Sending Out for Fifth Round

In the main event of UFC 224 on Saturday night, challenger Raquel Pennington gave champ Amanda Nunes everything she had, but it wasn’t even close. Pennington took a beating.

But Pennington is hella resilient, and always has been, so she hung in there. That is, until the fourth round ended, at which point Pennington went back to her corner and informed her coach she was done.

Coach Jason Kutz wasn’t having it. He ignored her, and she went out for the fifth round, took even more of a beating, and was eventually TKO’d.

Many were appalled at Kutz’s seeming lack of compassion for his fighter. Did Pennington really need to take all that extra damage? If she said she was done, then she should’ve been done – right?

Kutz appeared on “The MMA Hour” to defend himself.

“What I’m going to say is, the way she said it, and more importantly, the look in her eye — that’s what I don’t think people understand,” Kutz said. “When you spend four hours a day doing what she does and doing what we do, I know her. I can read her face like a book. And I know that had she stopped [the fight] right then and there, and I’ve talked to her about this afterward — like, ‘Hey, in 10 years when you look back at this, I think you’d be kicking yourself in the pants had you not gone out there.’

“I knew it was going to take an extraordinary effort, because she had to stop Amanda. She had to do something huge, right? Something extra ordinary. And if I didn’t think that Raquel could do something extraordinary, then hey, we would’ve went the other way with it. And the thing is, like I said, the mentality of her at that moment, I just felt if she could somehow flip it around and go out there and do something extraordinary, we got a chance. And you know what? She trained her ass off for a long time to get this title shot, and in the fifth round of the title fight, I know her leg hurts, but hey, I thought that she could go out there and go.”

What do you think? Should Pennington’s coach have thrown in the towel before Round 5?

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Amanda Nunes: It’s ‘Sad’ That Coaches Made Pennington Continue in Fifth Round at UFC 224

Amanda Nunes gradually inflicted more and more damage on Raquel Pennington as their UFC 224 headlining bout progressed, so much so that Pennington didn’t want to continue after the fourth round.
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Amanda Nunes: It’s ‘Sad’ That Coaches Made Pennington Continue in Fifth Round at UFC 224

Amanda Nunes gradually inflicted more and more damage on Raquel Pennington as their UFC 224 headlining bout progressed, so much so that Pennington didn’t want to continue after the fourth round.
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Amanda Nunes: It’s ‘Sad’ That Coaches Made Pennington Continue in Fifth Round at UFC 224

Amanda Nunes gradually inflicted more and more damage on Raquel Pennington as their UFC 224 headlining bout progressed, so much so that Pennington didn’t want to continue after the fourth round.
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Amanda Nunes: It’s ‘Sad’ That Coaches Made Pennington Continue in Fifth Round at UFC 224

Amanda Nunes gradually inflicted more and more damage on Raquel Pennington as their UFC 224 headlining bout progressed, so much so that Pennington didn’t want to continue after the fourth round.
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Amanda Nunes: It’s ‘Sad’ That Coaches Made Pennington Continue in Fifth Round at UFC 224

Amanda Nunes gradually inflicted more and more damage on Raquel Pennington as their UFC 224 headlining bout progressed, so much so that Pennington didn’t want to continue after the fourth round.
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Dillon Danis: Conor McGregor knocks out Floyd Mayweather ‘before the fifth’ round

The conventional line of thinking on the much-discussed potential megafight between undefeated boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr., and the only competitor ever to simultaneously hold two UFC weight class titles, Conor McGregor, is that Mayweather should score an easy victory over McGregor.

This, of course, is because the proposed matchup would be held under boxing rules, where Mayweather has reigned supreme. If the fight was contested under MMA rules, McGregor would become just as obvious a favorite.

But at least one person of note isn’t buying into the hype. Jiu-jitsu star and recent Bellator MMA signee Dillon Danis believes McGregor would knock Mayweather out in a boxing ring.

“I just want to say, everyone is running [McGregor] down, but I think that he knocks [Mayweather] out,” Danis said on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour.

Pinned down for a specific prediction on when the knockout occurs, Danis believes it happens in the first half of the fight.

“That’s a hard one, I’ll say before the fifth,” Danis said. “I think before the fifth. I think he knocks him out.”

Of course, this prediction needs to come with a big disclaimer: Danis is far from an unbiased party. He is McGregor’s close friend and training partner and played a pivotal role in helping McGregor train for his UFC 202 rematch victory over Nate Diaz.

Given Danis’ propensity, like McGregor, to confidently call people out and call things like he sees it, many in the jiu-jitsu community have compared the two, intimating that Danis is stealing from McGregor’s playbook.

Danis sees both sides of it.

“I like Conor. I think he’s the man. So I don’t think that’s a bad comparison,” Danis said.

But the 23-year old New York resident believes it’s not that simple, since he was unafraid to air his opinions long before McGregor came into his life.

“I’m on my own path and I do it my own way,” Danis said. “At the end of the day, people are just looking to hate on me for anything, so that’s just how it is. Everybody kind of wants to put me down. They’re trying to find something to use against me. … I don’t really give a s**t about who’s hating on me, or Conor this, Conor that. At the end of the day they just hate me and Conor.”

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Dominick Cruz felt ‘pop’ in heel during fifth round against T.J. Dillashaw

It doesn’t seem like an injury that could keep him out for any significant length of time, but everyone’s collective breath will probably be held anyway.

Dominick Cruz said on the Fox Sports 1 post-fight show that he felt a pop in his heel during the fifth round against T.J. Dillashaw on Saturday night in the main event of UFC Fight Night 81 in Boston. That explains the limp he was showing as the fight ended.

“It’s extremely painful,” Cruz said. “That’s the best way I can put it. That’s why I started limping a little bit.”

It didn’t matter, though. Cruz won anyway, beating Dillashaw by split decision (48-47, 46-49, 49-46) to regain the UFC bantamweight title. Cruz never lost the title to an opponent. The belt was stripped due to injuries two years ago. This was only his second bout since 2011.

Cruz said he suffers from plantar fasciitis, but didn’t want to talk about it before the fight because he didn’t want to sound like he was complaining. Plantar fasciitis is an irritation of the foot tendons.

“I didn’t want to talk about it, because I don’t like excuses,” Cruz said. “If people are going to ask me, now I have to talk about it.”

Dillashaw landed a handful of leg kicks in the fourth and fifth rounds. Cruz was noticeably limping in the fifth and then after the fight was walking around gingerly. Cruz, though, said it was because of his lingering heel issues and not anything Dillashaw did. “The Dominator” said he stepped wrong in the fifth round and “felt it pop.”

“I didn’t feel it until the fifth round,” Cruz said.

In the post-fight press conference, Cruz reiterated that it was definitely not another injury to his knee. The Alliance MMA product has had three ACL surgeries and a groin tear in his time off. Cruz said plantar fasciitis is a common ailment among athletes and wishes he could have wrapped his feet.

Furthermore, Cruz said he doesn’t believe the tendon is sore—it’s just wear and tear after a tough fight.

“It’s a normal thing,” Cruz said. “It’ll heal. It’ll be fine.”

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Ryan Bader Beats Rashad Evans For Fifth Straight Win, But What’s Next?

It’s not necessarily fair, but it’s safe to say that Ryan Bader is not among the biggest stars of the UFC’s light heavyweight division. When asked who comes to mind in the 205 lb class, most fans would rattle off names like the current division champion Daniel Cormier, controversial pound-for-pound entrant Jon Jones, or two-time […]

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GLORY 21 ratings: Spike TV event attracts 488,000 viewers, fifth highest-viewed card in promotion’s history

Movin’ on up …

The television ratings for GLORY 21 are in, showing a significant jump from the promotion’s previous event in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

According to Spike TV, 488,000 viewers tuned in to see Artem Levin and Simon Marcus battle for the middleweight title, as well as Xavier Vigney defeat “Chopper” Chi Lewis-Parry and Maurice Jackson to win the heavyweight “qualification” tournament.

Peak viewership numbers were not yet in at the time of this article.

The San Diego, Calif., kickboxing event that took place last Friday (May 8, 2015) and aired live on Spike TV, is now the fifth highest-viewed card in the promotion’s history, sandwiched between GLORY 14 and GLORY 17. Both of those 2014 fight cards were headlined by Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic.

The numbers for GLORY 21 show a 36 percent increase from the disappointing GLORY 20 event, which was aired via tape delay on April 3, 2015, featuring a lightweight title fight between Robin van Roosmalen and Andy Ristie. That event had 359,000 viewers.

GLORY had several key factors in its favor in regard to GLORY 21.

First, there were four knockouts in the five fights, including all three tournament bouts. Second, there were familiar faces from previous cards.

Raymond “Real Deal” Daniels scored a highlight-reel KO over Justin Baesman in the co-main event of the evening. The fans most likely remembered him from the GLORY 19 welterweight tournament that took place in February. The GLORY 21 main event had Marcus — who won the GLORY 20 middleweight tournament — fighting in his second consecutive card.

As GLORY continues to reach new fans, this was a a good sign that casual fans liked what they saw from Marcus and Daniels last time out, as well as the hardcore combat sports fans tuning in like they usually do.

Most viewed GLORY cards from top to bottom:

  1. GLORY 13 659,000 viewers
  2. GLORY 19 542,000 viewers
  3. GLORY 16 498,000 viewers
  4. GLORY 14 495,000 viewers
  5. GLORY 21 488,000 viewers
  6. GLORY 17, 482,000 viewers
  7. GLORY 12 476,000 viewers
  8. GLORY 11 381,000 viewers
  9. GLORY 15 354,000 viewers
  10. GLORY 20 359,000 viewers
  11. GLORY 18 352,000 viewers
GLORY’s next event will be on June 5, 2015, in Lille, France. GLORY 21 features a heavyweight title fight between Rico Verhoeven and Benjamin Adegbuyi, as well as a lightweight contender tournament. Verhoeven — who defeated Errol Zimmerman at GLORY 19 — should be another familiar face (like Marcus and Daniels) who may interest some of the newer viewers who have watched the last few cards.
To check out detailed GLORY 21 results, including play-by-play updates, click here.

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