On Saturday, May 12, the UFC hosted UFC 224 from the Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
In the night’s main event, Brazilian bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes defended her belt against surging challenger Raquel Pennington, crushing her opponent’s nose in a bloody battle that ended in the fifth round. Nunes captured the title from Miesha Tate in July 2016 and has defended it twice. Her last win was a split decision victory over Valentina Shevchenko at UFC 215 last September. Pennington, meanwhile, was on a four-fight winning streak, but had not seen the inside of the Octagon since November 2016 due to injury.
Also on the card, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza lost a close decision to Kelvin Gastelum after three rounds
The action kicked off at 6:15 p.m. ET with four bouts streaming live on UFC Fight Pass. Four additional preliminary-card bouts followed on FX at 8 p.m. ET, with the five-fight main card taking place at 10 p.m. ET on pay-per-view.
Amanda Nunes def. Raquel Pennington by TKO (strikes). Round 5, 2:36 – for the bantamweight title
Kelvin Gastelum def. Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Mackenzie Dern def. Amanda Cooper by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 1, 2:27
John Lineker def. Brian Kelleher by KO (punch). Round 3, 3:43
Lyoto Machida def. Vitor Belfort by KO (head kick). Round 2, 1:00
Cezar Ferreira def. Karl Roberson by technical submission (head-and-arm triangle choke). Round 1, 4:45
Alexey Oleinik def. Junior Albini by submission (Ezekiel choke). Round 1, 1:45
Davi Ramos def. Nick Hein by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 1, 4:15
Elizeu Zaleski def. Sean Strickland by KO (kick). Round 1, 3:12
Warlley Alves def. Sultan Aliev by TKO (doctor stoppage). Round 2, 5:00
Jack Hermansson def. Thales Leites by TKO (punches). Round 3, 2:10
Ramazan Emeev def. Alberto Mina by unanimous decision (30-27 x 3)
Markus Perez def. James Bochnovic by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 1, 4:28