UFC women’s bantamweight Raquel Pennington’s corner has been drawing some controversy as of late. Now U.S. Special Forces Tim Kennedy has come forward with his thoughts on the matter.
Pennington faced off against reigning champion Amanda Nunes back at UFC 224. After the fourth round, the fighter informed her corner that she was “done.” Rather than stop the fight, Pennington’s corner convinced her to continue competing. Pennington would go on to suffer a TKO loss in the final round.
Former UFC fighter and U.S. military veteran Tim Kennedy recently sat down with longtime UFC commentator Joe Rogan on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast to offer his thoughts on the situation.
“I believe that had her team let her out, she would have regretted it the rest of her life. The failure didn’t happen by her team there between the fourth and the fifth round, it happened in the preparation getting her ready for that. Because I think that those words would never be uttered out of my mouth in the middle of a fight. It would be my team begging and pleading for them to end the fight.”
“I’m not defending what they did or attacking them. What I’m saying is, you’re not on either side of that fence. You’ve never had your feet on that canvas and felt fury and pain of defeat and the sweetness of success. The worst thing ever is regret.”
“If I told my coaches I wanted out and they let me out, I would hate them forever,” Kennedy said. “I would regret my decision and be mad at them forever. And they’re some of my best friends now.”