In 2021, at UFC 269, the combat sports world witnessed one of the biggest upsets of the sport as Julianna Pena dethroned the GWOAT Amanda Nunes to become the bantamweight champion of UFC. Leading up to the fight, Julianna was a huge underdog and Amanda was guaranteed to walk through Pena in her title defense. However, Julianna’s self-belief and willpower helped her achieve the impossible.
Amanda still is a champion of the women’s featherweight division in UFC but that weight class has barely any contenders. Losing the bantamweight belt was a huge deal to the entire world but Dana White doubts if it was to Nunes.
Amanda has been at the top of the game for her entire life and this is the first time she is tasting defeat. Leading up to her fight against Julianna, Amanda has lost only once in her UFC career. Dana believes Amanda’s personal life might affect Nunes’ drive to give her all in the octagon.
“This belt is mine so come and get it”- Julianna Pena issues a bold challenge to Amanda Nunes
Even after stopping Nunes, Pena believes she is not getting the respect she deserves, and she is pissed off at Nunes for treating her like UFC 269 never happened, talking about it with MMA Mania, she said, “It’s offensive. She literally doesn’t believe that it happened. She doesn’t want to admit that it happened.”
She added, “She wants to make every single excuse that she can so that she can tell herself, and sleep at night, that that’s not the reality of what happened so that it can get her up in the morning so that she can go and perform the next time and the next go around. So, she doesn’t believe that it happened, she’s not accepting it, and it’s offensive because I did everything I said I was going to do.”
“I said I was going to do this and then I went out and I did it and you’re still not accepting it. Possession is nine-tenths of the law, this belt is mine so come and get it. You want this? You want me to drop my swords? Come and take ‘em. I’m ready,” Pena concluded.