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Amanda Nunes-Raquel Pennington set for UFC 224

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Sep 9, 2017; Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; Amanda Nunes (red gloves) celebrates with the championship belt after defeating Valentina Shevchenko (blue gloves) during UFC 215 at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports
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The women’s bantamweight title will be on the line come May 12, when Amanda Nunes and Raquel Pennington face off at UFC 224 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Nunes, who grew up in a small town outside Salvador, Brazil, will enter the fight with an overall mixed martial arts record of 15-4. She made her UFC debut on August 3, 2013, and has been a fixture of the sport ever since. After a string of victories, Nunes was awarded a bantamweight title fight against Miesha Tate on July 6, 2016 at UFC 200. She earned her title after less than one round of action, retiring Tate via submission.

Her star then rose higher on December 30, 2016, when he she knocked out UFC megastar Ronda Rousey to retain her belt. Nunes had another successful championship defense on September 9, 2017, winning a split decision against Valentina Shevchenko at UFC 215.

Pennington, meanwhile, currently owns an overall mixed martial arts record of 9-5. She didn’t begin training for mixed martial arts until she was 19, and first rose to national prominence in the sport as a cast member of “The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate.” Pennington made her promotional debut for UFC against Roxanne Modaffieri as a result of “The Ultimate Fighter 18” finale, winning by unanimous decision.

Her most high-profile fight came against Holly Holm at UFC 184 on February 28, 2015, a bout she lost after the judges ruled in favor of a split decision. Pennington last fought at UFC 205 November 12, 2016, against Tate, emerging victorious by unanimous decision. Her victory over Tate, who has since retired, ultimately earned her this title shot despite Pennington encountering some injury trouble along the way.

Jack Winter loves the extra pass, is skeptical of individual rebounding totals, and knows basketball has never been better than it is right now. He's the former deputy editor of DIME Magazine, and has also contributed to ESPN and Bleacher Report. Catch him on twitter at @armstrongwinter, but don't expect any hot takes.

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