After weeks of speculation and a last minute twist, UFC 224 has a main event. Reigning women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes will put her title on the line against the number 2 ranked contender, Raquel Pennington.
The fight has been in the works for some time but looked to be in jeopardy following UFC 222 when UFC president Dana White stated that he intended to have Nunes challenge women’s featherweight queen Cris Cyborg for her title.
For now, it would appear that White has had an uncharacteristic change of heart as today the UFC confirmed via twitter that Nunes would be facing Pennington in the main event at UFC 224 in Rio Di Janeiro.
Pennington (9-5-0) owns a four fight win streak but has not fought since earning a unanimous decision victory against Miesha Tate back in November 2016. The fight turned out to be Tate‘s final farewell to the UFC and placed Pennington firmly at the top end of the bantamweight rankings.
Nunes (15-4-0) has amassed a six fight win streak of her own since a third round KO loss to Cat Zingano at UFC 178. The Brazilian’s battle with Pennington will be her third title defence since capturing the belt from Tate at UFC 200. Her two previous title defences saw Nunes brutally KO former great Ronda Rousey followed by a split decision victory against now flyweight contender Valentina Shevchenko.
One would expect that should Nunes emerge victorious, a big money, Brazilian champion vs Brazilian champion super fight against Cyborg would be up next.