Raquel Pennington Is Amanda Nunes' Stiffest Opponent To Date

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UFC once more heads into Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Saturday Whilst the Pro motion gift suggestions UFC 224 comprising a women's bantamweight championship bout whilst the primary event.

Ahead of this weekend's event, the UFC uploaded its behind-the-scenes YouTube series "UFC Embedded" to give you an up-close look at what the fighters go through on fight week as they make their final preparations for Saturday night.

It won't come easy against Pennington, who has been on a roll lately in the UFC, but if Nunes wants her spotlight and the biggest possible fight against Cristiane "Cyborg" Justino, then a quick finish at UFC 224 is a must.

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Now back home in her native Brazil, Nunes is again faced with a challenger and an outside challenge to answer the question of when will she get her deserved spotlight. Pennington hasn't fought since November 2016 because of multiple injuries. The long layoff could be a concern for Pennington here against Nunes, who is a notoriously fast starter. Nunes hasn't fought since UFC 215 in September when she defeated Valentina Shevchenko via split-decision. Lineker has fought just once since, a unanimous decision win over Marlon Vera last October. It took Nunes just 48 seconds to dismantle the former UFC champ and superstar. Certainly nothing like the last time this 135-pound title was on the line in this exact same building. In the host hotel's training rooms, middleweight Jacare Souza and strawweight Amanda Cooper stay sharp. Mackenzie Dern (*123) continues to struggle on the scale, as the highly touted prospect missed the mark for her fight against Amanda Bobby Cooper (116) by seven pounds.

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The biggest praise for Raquel Pennington is how strong and tenacious she is.

From Michael Bisping to Vitor Belfort to Johnny Hendricks to Nate Marquardt he's made a habit of being the grim reaper to old folks careers.

The UFC returns to Brazil and pay-per-view tonight, and the promotion has rolled out its "Embedded" treatment to preview UFC 224. If Raquel Pennington can silence the crowd early, she will have the chance to gain momentum but if she fails, this fight could be over quickly. Josh is now a member of the FWAA and USBWA. Dern seemed to have trouble while standing in the fight as she prefers to take her opponent to the ground - half of her six wins are by submission.

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