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Pennington Head Coach Shares Thought Process Behind UFC 224 Decision

17 May 2018

It's sad. Everyone must be saying a lot of bad things about him on social media, but I really think she needs to surround herself with people who want the best for her so she can really evolve for her next fights. Considering the insights Kutz has on Pennington? At the end of the day, my coaches know me best.

Looking back on the fight, though, Pennington said she was glad her corner urged her to keep battling. I knew I'd make it happen, but it was a matter of pulling that trigger and actually going for it and not overthinking things, which I have in the past. "I'm not going to let you quit.' That's the coach's job and I think that he made the right decision".

Pennington went out for the fifth round and briefly waged a counterattack before being overwhelmed midway through the frame, suffering a badly bloodied nose and a damaged leg from Nunes' kicks. Let's power through this.

"If she didn't have the right conditioning to fight then the coach should have thrown in the towel for sure". The extent of the injury to Pennington's leg is unknown at this stage as she said the medical treatment she received after the fight in Rio de Janeiro was "terrible" and her fiancee Tecia Torres and her chose to wait until they were back in the United States to seek further medical attention.

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Pennington also revealed on the MMA Hour that her coaches are "struggling" to handle the fallout from UFC 224's controversy.

While the likes of Nunes, Kevin Lee, Brian Ortega, Rafael dos Anjos and Yves Edwards all strongly disagreed with Pennington's corner failing to throw in the towel, not everyone is upset with the decision.

"Had she been gimping around and hopping on one leg for any period of time, different situation", Kutz said. She used to train with us. "Because I know her - I know how tough she is". "Everybody needs to relax", Pennington said. "So when she said what she said, when she looked me in the eye, I knew that's not what she wanted to do". "I remember telling my coach Adam (Zugec), 'I want to fight her, I'm gonna beat her.' ..."

"I wouldn't have given her a pep-talk to get her to go into the fifth round if I didn't think she had an extraordinary effort inside of her".

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Although it was clear to Kutz that Pennington was trying to pull off the equivalent of a hail Mary in the final round of the fight, he also felt the alternative was worse. On why technique couldn't be integrated with the psychological boost, Kutz later added, "I think we ran out of time there, as far as getting something technical going".

"I always tell her, in 10 years, yeah, you were losing the fight, but you look back at this, you look back at that moment in your life, and you would be asking yourself, what if?" he said. At least now you know why her nickname is Rocky! "And that's when a coach steps in and they push their athlete".

Nunes (16-4, 11 KOs) is one of the best fighters in the world as the UFC bantamweight champion, with victories over the likes of Miesha Tate, Ronda Rousey and Valentina Shevchenko on her resume. "Cupcake" gave her take in an interview with SiriusXM Rush.

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Pennington Head Coach Shares Thought Process Behind UFC 224 Decision