BREAKING: Amanda Nunes Returns to Action at UFC 265 Against Julianna Pena

Published 04/15/2021, 11:10 PM EDT
INGLEWOOD, CA – DECEMBER 29: Amanda Nunes of Brazil celebrates her KO victory over Cris Cyborg of Brazil in their women’s featherweight bout during the UFC 232 event inside The Forum on December 29, 2018 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Amanda Nunes has been defending and clearing out not one, but two divisions simultaneously in the UFC over the past few years. This is something that has never been attempted before, let alone executed so perfectly. However, the downfall of being one of the most dominant champions ever in the sport is a dearth of new opposition to face. 

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For her next title defense at bantamweight ‘The Lioness’ will take on Julianna Pena at UFC 265 on August 7. ‘The Venezuelan Vixen’  currently sits at #6 at 135-pounds and is fresh off a win against Sara McMann in her most recent outing. This will be the first time that Pena will challenge for the UFC gold. 

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Is Julianna Pena the fighter to end the dominant Amanda Nunes title reign?

Although it is not officially announced yet, the fight between the two women is a done deal as per recent reports. However, at this point, it is not known if the fight will headline the card. The venue for the PPV is also a mystery.

Following her recent win against Sara McMann, Julianna Pena called out ‘The Lioness’ for ducking her and challenged her to a fight. 

 

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After Nunes’ win over Anderson, Pena once again took to Twitter to call out the champion. Her persistence and the fact that she is the only one willing to take a fight against Nunes have landed her the biggest fight of her UFC career thus far. 

Meanwhile, Nunes dominated Megan Anderson and secured a first-round submission finish to defend her featherweight belt at UFC 259. She has not competed in the bantamweight division since December 2019 when she beat Germaine de Randamie in a successful title defense at UFC 245.


Nunes has been steamrolling her opponents for a while now, and it is hard to see how anyone could dethrone her at this point in time. However, Pena believes she has the tools and the know-how to dethrone ‘The Lioness’ 

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What do you make of the fight between the two women? Can Julianna Pena dethrone Amanda Nunes? 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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