UFC 224

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UFC 224: Nunes vs. Pennington
UFC 223 event poster.jpg
The poster for UFC 224: Nunes vs. Pennington.
PromotionUltimate Fighting Championship
DateMay 12, 2018 (2018-05-12)
VenueJeunesse Arena
CityRio de Janeiro, Brazil
Event chronology
UFC Fight Night: Barboza vs. Lee UFC 224: Nunes vs. Pennington UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. Usman

UFC 224: Nunes vs. Pennington was a mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship that was held on May 12, 2018, at the Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.[3]


The UFC was initially targeting a UFC Women's Featherweight Championship bout between the current champion Cris Cyborg and the current UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion Amanda Nunes to take place at this event and potentially serve as the headliner.[3] However, Cyborg was instead scheduled for a title defense at UFC 222 in March, and the plans were scrapped. In turn, it was announced on February 23 that Raquel Pennington would instead face Nunes for the bantamweight title.[4]

A light heavyweight bout between former UFC Light Heavyweight Championship title challengers Volkan Oezdemir and Glover Teixeira was briefly linked to take place at the event.[5] However, Oezdemir was pulled from that pairing in favor of a matchup with former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Maurício Rua the following week at UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. Usman.[6]

At the weigh-ins, Mackenzie Dern weighed in at 123 pounds, seven pounds over the strawweight non-title fight upper limit of 116 pounds. As a result, the bout proceeded at catchweight, and Dern was fined 30% of her purse which went to her opponent Amanda Cooper.[7]

This event tied the record, with UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Bisping, for having the most finishes on a single modern UFC card with 11 finishes.[8]


Main Card
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Women's Bantamweight Amanda Nunes (c) def. Raquel Pennington TKO (punches) 5 2:36 [a]
Middleweight Kelvin Gastelum def. Ronaldo Souza Decision (split) (29–28, 28–29, 29–28) 3 5:00
Catchweight (123 lb) Mackenzie Dern def. Amanda Cooper Submission (rear-naked choke) 1 2:27
Bantamweight John Lineker def. Brian Kelleher KO (punch) 3 3:43
Middleweight Lyoto Machida def. Vitor Belfort KO (front kick) 2 1:00
Preliminary Card (FX)
Middleweight Cezar Ferreira def. Karl Roberson Technical Submission (arm-triangle choke) 1 4:45
Heavyweight Aleksei Oleinik def. Júnior Albini Submission (Ezekiel choke) 1 1:45
Lightweight Davi Ramos def. Nick Hein Submission (rear-naked choke) 1 4:15
Welterweight Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos def. Sean Strickland KO (spinning wheel kick and punches) 1 3:40
Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Welterweight Warlley Alves def. Sultan Aliev TKO (doctor stoppage) 2 5:00
Middleweight Jack Hermansson def. Thales Leites TKO (punches) 3 2:10
Welterweight Ramazan Emeev def. Alberto Mina Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27) 3 5:00
Middleweight Markus Perez Echeimberg def. James Bochnovic Submission (rear-naked choke) 1 4:28


Bonus awards[edit]

The following fighters were awarded $50,000 bonuses:[10]

  • Fight of the Night: Kelvin Gastelum vs. Ronaldo Souza
  • Performance of the Night: Lyoto Machida and Aleksei Oleinyk

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Staff (2018-05-13). "UFC 224 draws announced 10,696 fans in Rio de Janeiro". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2018-05-13.
  2. ^ Cillian Cunningham (2018-09-28). "UFC 228: Woodley vs. Till reportedly does awful PPV numbers". PunditArena.com. Retrieved 2018-10-09.
  3. ^ a b Staff (2018-02-01). "Report: UFC 224 set for May 12 in Rio de Janeiro". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2018-02-01.
  4. ^ Marcel Dorff (2018-02-23). "Amanda Nunes defends Bantamweight title against Raquel Pennington during UFC 224" (in Dutch). mmadna.nl. Retrieved 2018-02-23.
  5. ^ Kuba Jurzysta (2018-03-01). "Volkan Oezdemir vs Glover Teixeira prepared for the UFC 224 gala" (in Polish). inthecage.pl. Retrieved 2018-03-20.
  6. ^ Danny Segura (2018-03-21). "Volkan Oezdemir vs. Shogun Rua added to UFC Chile". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2018-03-21.
  7. ^ Alexander K. Lee (2018-05-11). "UFC 224 weigh-in results: Mackenzie Dern misses strawweight limit by seven pounds". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2018-05-11.
  8. ^ "UFC 224 post-event facts: History books rewritten after record number of finishes". mmajunkie.com. 2018-05-13.
  9. ^ "UFC 224: Nunes vs. Pennington". Ultimate Fighting Championship. Retrieved 2018-02-04.
  10. ^ Staff (2018-05-13). "UFC 224 bonuses: Lyoto Machida's sick head-kick KO of Belfort gets $50,000". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2018-05-13.