So if you tuned in on UFC 224's Main Event you probably are aware that Racquel Rocky Pennington lost lopsidedly against still undisputed and defending women's bantamweight Champion Amanda "the Lioness" Nunez. Despite it being as most have expected the more intriguing about it is in between rounds 4 and 5 Rocky decided to quit and in her own words "I want to be done" asking advice from her corner if they should stop the fight. In an unexpected reaction from his camp they urged her to still fight despite her condition and sending her to a bloody 5th round stoppage. Which resulted in unfavorable reaction to almost everybody including Amanda on their post fight interview. So what went down? We shall look closer.
Na, ki te kite koe i nga mahi a te UFC 224, ka mohio pea koe kua mate a Racquel Pennington ki te toa, ki te tautoko i te toa toa wahine a Amanda, "te Lioness" Nunez. Ahakoa ko te nuinga o nga mea i tumanakohia ko te nui o te whakahirahira i roto i nga takiwa 4 me te 5 a Rocky i whakatau kia mutu, i roto i ana ake kupu "E hiahia ana au ki te tono" mai i tona kokonga kia mutu te whawhai. I roto i te urupare ohorere mai i tana puni, ka akiaki ia ia ki te whawhai tonu ahakoa tona ahuatanga me te tuku ia ia ki te whakamutu i te rima o nga toto. Ko te hua o te urupare kino ki te tata ki te katoa, tae atu ki a Amanda i runga i ta raua uiuinga korero. Na te aha i heke? Ka titiro atu tatou kia tata.
On one of Raquel's interview, specifically with Ariel Helwani on MMA Hour she said that the main reason she wanted to opt out of the fight during the break after round 4 was because her feet was broken. She then went on to say further that the first kick in the first round that she got on her feet on the opening salvo broke her foot. If we can remember Amanda the still reigning UFC Champ has repeatedly hit it after that. So then after the 4th round she said that she wanted to throw up because of pain.
I tetahi o nga uiui a Raquel, i runga i te MMA Hour me Ariel Helwani i mea ia ko te take nui i hiahia ai ia ki te whakaputa i te pakanga i te wa o te wehenga i muri i te whainga 4 no te mea kua whati ona waewae. Na ka haere tonu ia ki te korero ano ko te tuatahi o te koki i te waahi tuatahi i tu ai ia i runga i ona waewae i runga i te whakatuwheratanga o te salvo i takahia tona waewae. Mena ka taea e tatou te mahara ki a Amanda ko te mana tonu o te UFC Champ kua pakaru tonu i muri i tera. Na, i muri i te wha o nga taiao, ka mea ia e hiahia ana ia ki te maka i runga i te mamae.
To the horror of the color commentators her coaches urged her to go own and continue fighting and to give her all she gets, basically to leave it all out there. We can even remember that should Racquel say what she said to her coaches to the referree and that they would not be in that situation and that the fight would have been stopped immediately. As we all know what happened after wards she went on to continue the fourth round and eventually succumbing to the Champ's ground-and-pound.
Na, i te wa i puta ai te pakanga ki te awhina o te hunga pāpori ki te puni o Racquel, me ona kaiwhakaako mo te kore e mutu te whawhai i mua. Kaore matou i konei ki te whakawa ia ratou, engari ki te hoki mai i te uiui a Rocky ki a Ariel, ka haere ia ki te whakapae me te tatari me te whakatau a ona kaitohutohu. I whakamaramatia ano e ia ka taea e ia te whakaatu ki a ia ano he maha atu o nga mea i mahue ki a ia ki te tuku i te roanga whakamutunga, a ko ia ano i whakawhiwhia ki a ia ano, me te whakapumau i tona kaha ki te whawhai katoa.
The aftermath of the fight resulted on a vicious online social media attacks towards Racquel's camp and specifically her coaches for not stopping the fight earlier. We are not here to judge them but getting back Rocky's interview with Ariel she went on to defend and standby with the decision of her coaches. She further explained that she was able to prove to herself that she did have more left to give on the last round and that she was satisfied of her herself and the confirmation of her toughness all thru out the fight.
I te wehi o nga kaitohutohu, ka akiaki tana kaiako ki a ia kia haere ia ia ki te whawhai tonu, ki te tuku ia ia i nga mea katoa ka riro ia ia, me waiho katoa i reira. Ka taea hoki e tatou te mahara me penei me korero a Racquel ki tana korero ki ana kaiwhakaako ki te kaitohutohu me te kore e noho i taua wa, a, kua mutu te whawhai. I a tatou katoa e mohio ana ki nga mea i tupu i muri i nga kaainga, ka haere tonu ia ki te wha o nga waahi, ka eke ki te papa whenua me te pauna.
A recent conversation on Joe Rogan's podcast with retired MMA ref John McCarthy, the iconic referree was absolutely convinced that the coaches were truly at fault. He further explains that she was injured and even if she was not she had no tools to win the fight. From his viewpoint sending a losing and injured fighter to another round of beating with no upside is just torture. With the manner of stoppage and blood coming from Rocky's nose all thruought the last round it was clear that these damage were unnecessary and she was not able to mount any kind of offense to push back Amanda.
He korero mo te mahinga a Joe Rogan me te korero a te MMA reti a John McCarthy, ko te korero mo te tohu ataata i tino mohio he tino pono nga kaiako. Ka whakamarama ano ia kua mate ia, a, mehemea kaore ia i whai taonga ki te wikitoria. Mai i tona whakaaro ki te tuku i te toa me te whara i tetahi atu o te whiringa, kaore he kanohi kaore e tika ana. Ko te tikanga o te tarai me te toto e puta mai ana i te ihu o Rocky katoa i nga wa katoa ka marama te kino o enei kino, a kihai i taea e ia te whakaeke i tetahi momo hara ki te turaki ia Amanda.
To put my thoughts on this, it really appalls me that towards the end of the fight when Amanda was on top and was raining down punches on Racquel's head her corner did not have any inkling of throwing the towel. If they just want to see Racquel go all out and give her all they've clearly seen that her all was futile they should have brought to themselves the decency to stop it. She had a broken foot, a broken nose and no tools to even pose a threat, at that point durability is not an advantage but rather a detriment to the fighter. You became a punching bag that might receive irreversible effects. At the end of the day we never known if the damage she took towards the end of the fight could be the difference of living normally and being unable to lead a normal life due to brain trauma.
Mai i nga mea e kitea ana e ahau, ki te mutunga o te pakanga i te mea ko runga a Amanda i te tihi, a, i te mea ka pupuhihia te whiu i runga i te upoko o Racquel, kaore i aukati tona kokonga i te maka o te tauera. Ki te hiahia noa ratou kia kite a Racquel i nga mea katoa, ka hoatu ki a ia nga mea katoa kua kitea e ratou he mea horihori katoa, me kii mai ki a ratau te tikanga kia mutu. He waewae whati tona, he ihu pakaru, a kahore he taputapu ka puta he riri, kaore he painga o taua wa kaore he painga, engari he kino ki te toa. Kua waiho koe hei putea putea kia whiwhi ai i nga hua kaore e taea te whakarereke. I te mutunga o te ra, kaore i mohiotia e maatau ko te kino i tangohia e ia ki te mutunga o te pakanga ka taea te rereketanga o te oranga me te kore e taea te whakahaere i te ora tonu na te mate o te roro.
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