Daniel Cormier Critiques Raquel Pennington’s Missed Opportunity for a Knockout Against Mayra Bueno Silva at UFC 297

Daniel Cormier has expressed his view that Raquel Pennington had a missed opportunity to decisively defeat Mayra Bueno Silva during their bout at UFC 297.

In the event’s co-main feature this past Saturday, Pennington (16-8 MMA, 13-5 UFC) emerged victorious over Bueno Silva (10-3-1 MMA, 5-3-1 UFC) through a unanimous decision, claiming the vacant women’s bantamweight championship. As the fight progressed, Bueno Silva’s pace diminished noticeably, which gave Pennington the upper hand in ground control. Cormier observed that Pennington could have leveraged her advantage against a visibly fatigued Bueno Silva.

“This fight was odd because it felt like Raquel could finish Mayra Bueno Silva,” Cormier remarked on his YouTube channel. He further speculated that if Pennington had disengaged and forced Bueno Silva to engage in stand-up combat, she might have secured a finish.

“But, as she said inside the octagon, she was so close that she could feel it, that it was win at all costs and I mean, I can’t blame her. I can’t blame her. I know how taxing and how mentally challenging it is to try and become a UFC champion.”

Cormier also pointed out the disparity in UFC experience between the two fighters, noting its impact on Bueno Silva’s performance.

“Mayra Bueno Silva’s inexperience really showed in that fight,” he stated. He observed that Bueno Silva exhausted herself prematurely, both in the lead-up and during the fight. This, according to Cormier, stemmed from her unrealistic expectations of how the fight would unfold, leading to a swift realization of the heightened competition level she was facing.

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