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Fountain-Fort Carson wrestling coach criticized for encouraging Raquel Pennington's return to the ring in bloody UFC fight

Fountain-Fort Carson wrestling coach criticized for encouraging Raquel Pennington's return to the ring in bloody UFC fight

A Colorado Springs-area high school wrestling coach was the subject of a debate last week after his remarks during a UFC pay-per-view main event went viral.

Newly appointed Fountain-Fort Carson coach Jason Kutz, Raquel Pennington's corner, made headlines for encouraging Pennington to continue after she indicated, “I’m done, I want to be done,” during her fight against champion Amanda Nunes.

“I know it hurts. Let’s power through this. Let’s power through this, let’s believe,” Kutz told Pennington after the fourth round. “Change your mindset. Change your mindset. Let’s throw everything we got. We’ll recover later … Throw everything we got.”

Pennington, a Harrison High School grad, returned to the ring and lost in the following round by TKO. Pennington was taken to the hospital after the bout to evaluate a bloodied nose and damaged leg, which was broken in an ATV wreck last year.

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Local 10-year-old girl is the number 1 ranked wrestler in the country

ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (KRQE) - Jaden Meadows is a 10-year-old wrestler that has been competing in the sport since she was 4-years-old. Her grandfather got her into the sport and she has flourished ever since. 

"I mean, she has the willpower and the strength to back it, and the amazing thing about Jaden is you teach her something and she learns it," said Jaden's grandfather Tomas Jaramillo. 

Jaden has learned and won a lot since she started wrestling. Now, the 10-year-old is ranked No. 1 on the Rocky Mountain National Wrestling leaderboard at 113 pounds in her age group. 

"It's really cool. I like it so much because people get to know that I am a girl that is ranked number 1 in the country," said Jaden Meadows. 

Jaden is a four-time All-American and three-time State Champion wrestler. This past season, Jaden racked up a 52-3 overall record with 46 wins coming by pin. 

"That young lady hasn't lost to a boy in two years. So, it's not that she's not the best girl's wrestler in the country, she's doing things that I have never seen before at that age," said Jaden's Coach Gabriel Garcia. 

Jaden is a multi-sport athlete, but she says wrestling is her favorite. Every year her parents and grandfather ask her if she wants to keep wrestling, and she says 'yes' every time because she has a passion for the sport. 

Jaden wrestles at NMPAL (New Mexico Sheriff and Police Athletic League). The team wrestles year round, and you can find out more by going to their website at or email Coach Garcia directly at [email protected] 

By: Van Tate 

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