Julianna Pena shares her views on the title rematch against Nunes! Amanda Nunes is the best female mixed martial artist to ever step inside the octagon. The Lioness became the first female double champ in the history of the UFC, and she has beaten every former champion of her division. She faced a major upset in her last title defense against Julianna Pena at UFC 269.
Nunes was looking to run through Pena, but she gave her a tough competition and managed to secure a rear-naked choke to get the victory. Nobody believe what they saw, but Nunes remained gracious in her defeat and promised to be better. Julianna has been talking a lot since she won the title.
Rightfully so, she earned the bragging rights, and now she is starring against Nunes in the latest installment of The Ultimate Fighter. Pena promised to bring the fight to Nunes, and now she is prepared to put on an even better performance in their rematch.
Julianna Pena accuses Amanda Nunes of avoiding a fight against her
Pena had to overcome a lot of struggles to become the champ, and she believes all the challenges made her a better fighter, and she always knew she had a mental edge over Nunes. In an interview with Morning Kombat, she said, “I think I’ve always had the mental edge when it comes to Amanda. I’ve been calling out this fight for the last five years and she hasn’t wanted to fight me.”
She added, “She’s always made every excuse, like me not making myself worthy for her. Or, ‘Oh, I’m going to find Ronda instead.’ Or just finding a way to get out of every fight that we have. Obviously, what I feel and what I say and how I approach things bothers her because she’s made that very clear.”
Pena believes Amanda is more motivated than ever, and we might see her best version in the rematch, “I think I lit a gas can of fire right underneath her behind,” Pena added. “She is going to be more focused than she has ever been. I think she is going to be the best Amanda that she’s ever been, which is funny because that is what she said she is going to do the first time. So now I have to be like, ‘OK, this time it’s serious. This time she’s being for real.’”