A lot of people are blasting the corner of Raquel Pennington, for not stopping her bout with Amanda Nunes after she said she was done, but Miesha Tate is defending the bantamweight’s coaches.
As you probably know, much of the post UFC 224 discussion has been tied to how the card’s main event ended. After the fourth round of the bout, Pennington, who appeared to have a broken nose, could be heard telling her corner that she was finished, and that she wanted the fight called. But, her coaches encouraged her to keep fighting, and one cornermen was heard saying there would be time to “recover” later.
Well, Pennington ended up taking more heavy blows in round five, and the bout was stopped by the ref. As a result of what unfolded, a lot of people have argued that her corner should have just listened to her, and that she took more punishment for no reason.
“I think that I would’ve done the same thing if I was in her corner’s shoes,” Tate said. “It’s important that a fighter loses with dignity, and I think that Raquel lost with dignity. She went out there and she got finished. She went out on her shield. I would have done the same thing because sometimes when you’re tired and you don’t think you have enough left, your coach’s job is to pull the most out of you and I think that’s what the corner was trying to do – not let her give up on herself, get her back in the game mentally. She lost, but she went out there. She could have quit at any point if she felt like she couldn’t hang in there. She got finished, and I would have done the same thing.”
“I think he didn’t want to let her give up on herself in the fifth round,” Tate added. “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. I think she deserved to not give up on herself, to go out there and try to win that fight. It didn’t work out that way but it could have…”
Tate is not alone in this view, and other fighters have expressed this before. Perhaps the crux of the argument comes down to whether someone truly thought Pennington had a realistic shot at scoring a comeback in round five, especially when you consider what unfolded in round four. If not, you have to question whether taking more damaging blows, is really worth it in the long run.
It should be noted here that Pennington’s partner, Tecia Torres, has since said that both her and “Rocky” agreed with the coaches decision.