Raquel Pennington’s corner is taking a lot of flack from all sides after encouraging her to keep fighting Amanda Nunes at UFC 224 after she told them she was done leading into the 5th round. But as far as Pennington and her fiance Tecia Torres are concerned, they made the right call in telling her to push through what looked like a badly broken nose rather than quit.
”Both us and our coaches agree with the decision made to go into the 5th round,” Torres wrote on Instagram. “We know Raquel more than anyone else and know if we let her give up on herself going into the last round she would have always regretted it. She fought with heart and grit until the end.”
#Forever I am extremely proud of my lady. You are a warrior babe. Fought every second you possibly could. You continue to amaze me daily. You motivate me to work hard and one day too receive the same opportunity to fight for a UFC championship. We are the 1%ers. Very few will ever know what we go thru as fighters and an even smaller percentage will ever earn the chance to fight on such a big stage and for a world title. #RideOrDie #AlwaysProud PS: Both us and our coaches agree with the decision made to go into the 5th round. We know Raquel more than anyone else and know if we let her give up on herself going into the last round she would have always regretted it. She fought with heart and grit until the end. PSS: Exactly one year ago today you asked me to marry you, I can't freaking wait to wife you! @raquel_pennington
That end came two and a half minutes into the fifth round with Pennington turtled on the canvas with blood pooling on the canvas from her nose. The women’s bantamweight contender was taken to the hospital after the fight, and fans on the internet were left to debate whether her corner had helped her push through a moment of doubt or sent her to the slaughter for unnecessary damage. Regardless of our opinion, it seems like the fighter involved is okay with how things turned out.