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Amanda Nunes vs. Raquel Pennington Official for UFC 224 in Brazil

As first reported in February, Amanda Nunes will face Raquel Pennington at UFC 224 in Brazil on May 12

Amanda Nunes will put her women’s bantamweight title up for grabs when she faces Raquel Pennington at UFC 224 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on June 12.

The fight had previously been reported by MMANytt but now UFC officials have confirmed and announced the matchup for UFC 224.

This fight will serve as Nunes’ third title defense after previously defeating Ronda Rousey and Valentina Shevchenko in consecutive bouts. Nunes has won six fights in a row overall.

As for Pennington, she will step into enemy territory for her first shot at UFC gold while also competing for the first time since 2016. When Pennington last appeared in the UFC, she defeated former champion Miesha Tate in the final fight of her career but the injuries kept her sidelined for all of 2017.

Now Pennington returns while facing a tough test by taking on Nunes in her home country at UFC 224.

More fights will be added to UFC 224 in the coming weeks.

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Damon Martin is a veteran mixed martial arts journalist who has been covering the industry since 2003 with bylines on FOX Sports, CNN, Bleacher Report and numerous other outlets.
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