Raquel Pennington 'Glad My Corner Didn't Let Me Quit'

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After comprehensively losing the first four rounds of the fight, Pennington wanted the suffering to stop.

If they were in the same position today, Kutz said he would tell Pennington the same thing.

"I know it hurts".

"I know a lot of people are going against what they said and thinking all this different stuff, and it's easy to judge, but you never know what's happening in that moment", Pennington said. I think she deserved to not give up on herself, to go out there and try to win that fight. "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". Did Pennington really need to take all that extra damage?

Although Raquel has since come out in defense of her corner, many MMA fans are disgusted with what could be seen as a selfish act: Raquel had too much pride to tell the referee she was done.

"If she didn't have the right conditioning to fight then the coach should have thrown in the towel for sure". He added Pennington thanked him backstage for talking her out of quitting. In addition to defending her team, Pennington, who was visibly battered on Saturday, told Helwani that the medical care she received in Brazil was less than ideal. Nunes piled on the pressure and brutally finished her. Pennington's reward for being cajoled back into the fight was leaving a grisly pool of blood on the canvas.

Mackenzie Dern looked terrific on Saturday night, stinging Amanda Cooper with a right hand that sent the fight to the floor, where the multi-time world champion Brazilian jiu jitsu stylist quickly locked up a rear-naked choke. Prior to the Pennington bout being made, rumors swirled of a potential super fight with the featherweight champion, Cris Cyborg. She used to train with us. I already asked Nina [Ansaroff] to text her to find out if she needs anything, I'm here. And the thing is, like I said, the mentality of her at that moment, I just felt if she could somehow flip it around and go out there and do something extraordinary, we got a chance. "Everybody needs to relax", Pennington said.

"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". "Because I know her - I know how tough she is". "What if I'd went out there and something clicked and I had the best round ever and won the title". I know the looks on her face, so I can read her like a book, and that's kind of what you want between coach and athlete.

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. "So when she said what she said, when she looked me in the eye, I knew that's not what she wanted to do".

"And now, she doesn't have to do that in 10 years". Instead, she "knows", Kutz said, which is "huge" for her. She's very durable and she'd been doing really well up until that point - not necessarily winning but she wasn't out of the fight. "Cupcake" gave her take in an interview with SiriusXM Rush.

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