Amanda Nunes vs Julianna Pena- Dana White Provides an Update

Published 03/26/2021, 5:49 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – JULY 06: Amanda Nunes of Brazil celebrates her win over Holly Holm in their UFC bantamweight championship fight during the UFC 239 event at T-Mobile Arena on July 6, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC)


Over the years Amanda Nunes has cleaned out not one, but two divisions in the UFC. ‘The Lioness’ has ruled the 135-pound and the 145-pound division in the UFC with an iron first. She has absolutely dominated everyone put in front of her from former champions to number one contenders. Although her impressive displays entertain the fans and elevate her status as the ‘GOAT’, it brings with it a certain set of problems. 

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Given her sheer dominance thus far, the UFC is running out of challenges for her. She has beaten almost everyone in the top 10 in both divisions. Therefore, finding the next opponent for ‘The Lioness’ is a herculean task.

It was believed that Megan Anderson would be her toughest test to date, given her size and reach advantage. However, given how she absolutely dominated Anderson, fans and pundits alike will wonder what could be next for ‘The Lioness

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Dana White says Julianna Pena is determined to fight Amanda Nunes

In a recent interview with TMZ Sports, Dana White spoke about what could be next for Amanda Nunes. He said, “Right now, alright, I’ll give you a little something that we’re talking about right now. So Julianna Pena has been driving me f**king bananas, okay?

Will not stop terrorizing me that she deserves this fight. ‘Amanda Nunes this, Amanda Nunes that, Amanda’s ducking her, Amanda doesn’t want her because the style doesn’t match up well for Amanda.’ So I’m thinking about doing Pena and Nunes.”

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The Venezuelan Vixen‘ is currently ranked sixth in the women’s bantamweight division and is 2-1 in her last three fights. After succumbing to a loss against Germaine de Randamie, in October 2020, she bounced back impressively with a win over Sara McMann earlier this year. Subsequently, she has since been relentless in her pursuit for a fight against ‘The Lioness’ 

While Nunes has dismissed her claim for a title shot, it looks as though a lack of opponents might mean that Julianna Pena will welcome ‘The Lioness’ back to bantamweight for the first time since UFC 245.  

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What do you make of Julianna Pena possibly getting a title shot? Do you think she deserves it? Let us know in the comments below!

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Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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