"When it comes to finish this bout, something I've dreamed about for so long, I have to do it".
"The Lioness" spoke of her great respect for Pennington in her post-fight interview. "We're going to have a beer and celebrate our friendship".
The champion showcased her wrestling ability in the third and fourth rounds.
Nunes took down Pennington and after strikes to the face, left blood pouring from her nose, before the referee stepped in for the stoppage.
In the co-main event Jacare Souza is taking on Kelvin Gastelum in a barn-burner of a matchup in the Middleweight division. "I will stop fighting here because I think I reached the end". Highly touted Mackenzie Dern (7-0) missed the 116-pound strawweight limit by a whopping seven pounds on Friday, but still made short work of Bath, Mich.'s Amanda Cooper (3-4).
Next up, John Lineker continued to prove he is one of the most risky fighters in the lightweight divisions after scoring a third-round finish of Brian Kelleher via KO. Kelleher was backed up throughout the second five minutes as the Brazilian went head hunting, which prompted his coaches to encourage him to fire back in the third. "Rocky" began to press the action a bit more.
"The Dragon" lured Belfort into a false sense of security before he sent his rear leg right through his fellow Brazlian's defensive shell. The UFC has expressed interest in a potential super fight between Nunes and 145-pound champion Cris "Cyborg" Justino later this year.
"I talked to Nina the other day (and said), 'If you come up to 135 we're going to fight.' It can be my girlfriend in front of me and I'd want to kick her ass and nothing is going to change that because I want to keep my belt at home with me".