When Julianna Pena beat Amanda Nunes for the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship on Dec. 11, 2021, it was considered one of the biggest upsets in the promotion’s history.
Pena had no particularly notable wins prior to the fight and Nunes had dominated the division for over five years, clearing out any and all contenders in her division.
Now, the two are set to meet again on Saturday night for the rematch. And Pena has absolutely no plans on giving her seat atop the division back to Nunes.
So much so that she’s willing to do whatever it takes to win, even if that means resorting to underhanded tactics .
"I'm going to pull her hair, I'm going to bite her. I'm going to gouge her eyeballs out if I have to."
— MMA Junkie (@MMAJunkie) July 29, 2022
Those are some pretty bold statements. Pena also stated that she wanted people to know that her victory over Nunes was no fluke.
“It’s frustrating, you know,” she said. “They said that she slipped on a banana peel and that’s why she lost that night. But that’s not the case, and that’s what we’re doing here. We’re going to run it back and do it again, and maybe you guys will finally put some respect on my name.”
Nunes also holds the UFC Women’s Featherweight championship. But Pena said a fight at that weight doesn’t make sense.
“All the real fights are at 145 (pounds). She’s saying that she’s going to fight at 145 and defend her belt. Against who? Name three 145ers. Name two 145ers. There’s nobody in that division. Everybody knows the real fights are at 135 pounds. Amanda and I are the two best female fighters in the world, and all the real sh*t is at 135.”
Pena’s talking a big game. Now we’ll wait until Saturday to see whether or not she can back it up in the cage.
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