Sports Pennington agrees with coach's call to remain in Nunes fight

23:26  16 may  2018
23:26  16 may  2018 Source:   thescore.com

MMA community appalled at Pennington's corner

  MMA community appalled at Pennington's corner MMA community appalled at Pennington's cornerPennington told her corner that she was done after the fourth round ended, but her team convinced her to return for the final frame. Nunes subsequently defeated a visibly battered and bleeding Pennington via TKO (punches) in the fifth round.

"I agreed with my coaches as soon as the fight was done. Raquel Pennington ' s coach Jason Kutz explains his controversial decision to not waive off Pennington ' s title fight with Amanda Nunes at #UFC224 after Pennington said she was "done."

Rather than stop the fight , Kutz convinced Pennington to answer the bell for the final frame, a decision that resulted in Pennington losing to Nunes via fifth-round Kutz has since received plenty of criticism for his words, however Pennington adamantly defended her coach ’ s call Monday on The MMA Hour

  Pennington agrees with coach's call to remain in Nunes fight © Jason Silva / USA TODAY

Many believed Raquel Pennington's coaches made the wrong decision by sending her out for the fifth round of a main event fight against Amanda Nunes on Saturday after she said "I'm done."

Pennington, however, was not among those people.

"I'm proud of my coaches... You never know what's happening in that moment," Pennington said on The MMA Hour Monday. "I agreed with my coaches as soon as the fight was done. I agreed with them in that moment."

Pennington, who lost via TKO in the final round, said she could have waived it off or tapped out, but made the call to not give up on the fight.

"I'm glad that my coaches didn't let me give up on myself," said Pennington. "In that moment I was quitting on myself and that's when a coach steps in, they push their athlete."

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In the eyes of Raquel Pennington , there’ s no question that her coaches made the right call by “I agreed with my coaches as soon as the fight was done,” Pennington said. Pennington added that both she and her coaches knew something was wrong with her leg from the moment Nunes ’ kicks

But not everyone agrees . Chief among the dissenters is a woman who has fought both Nunes and Pennington I think that her coach really wanted to give her the best opportunity and not let her give up on herself “When you’re in those mentally weak spots, that what your coach is there to do.

Pennington said she became frustrated by a leg injury, which caused her to suggest stopping the fight. The 29-year-old believes she broke her leg in the first round of the fight and received "terrible" medical treatment in Brazil. She broke the same leg in a 2017 ATV accident that kept her out of competition, and says her coaches were aware of the injury during the fight.

She added that her bloodied nose was not as bad as it looked.

Pennington, who fought for the first time since November 2016 on Saturday, says she's very comfortable with her coaches and doesn't plan to separate from them. Pennington's fiancee, UFC strawweight Tecia Torres, said via Instagram on Sunday that the two agreed with the decision.

"Stop judging from the outside because you'll never understand what's going on unless you're in our shoes and in our position," said Pennington, addressing fans and media who have criticized her corner team since Saturday night.

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