‘I’m the Worst Possible Matchup for Nunes’- Julianna Pena Believes Amanda Nunes is Ducking Her

Published 03/10/2021, 8:00 AM EST
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 is building on her reputation and record as the greatest women’s mixed martial artist of all time. The two-division champion just defended the featherweight title in a quick but dominant win over Megan Anderson. However, the biggest question to ask with Nunes is always ‘who is next’? It seems like there is a bantamweight next.

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Julianna Pena has been calling out Amanda Nunes for a fight for a while now. She doubled down on the fight challenge, telling TMZ that Nunes has been ‘pushing it off’ because she knows that Pena is the worst stylistic matchup for her.

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“I’m still here, I’m in the division, and stylistically, I am the worst possible matchup for [Nunes]. The last time she was put on her back by Cat Zingano, she balled up into the fetal position and had the ref need to yank Cat off of her, and I beat Cat… I definitely think she knows stylistically I am the worst matchup for her. I know it, I am her Kryptonite, and I think that’s why she keeps trying to push it off.”

Pena added, “Amanda, you need to fight me. 110%. You know it, I know it, the fans know it. It’s time to put your money where your mouth is, tough guy, and come and fight the best in the division. It’s time.”

Amanda Nunes: Will she fight Julianna Pena next?

Given her insane track record, Amanda Nunes is at liberty to pick her schedule with her wants and needs. Hence, she may be doing just that as ‘The Venezuelan Vixen’ has been claiming.

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 23: (R-L) Julianna Pena punches Sara McMann in a bantamweight fight during the UFC 257 event inside Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 23, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

However, fighting Julianna Pena might be hard to arrange. ‘The Lioness’ was reluctant to comment on the fight and said that she feels great at the weight that she is at. She is also a new mother, so that will be a major consideration while thinking about a fight.

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Pena did beat Cat Zingano, who handed Nunes her last defeat in 2014. However, that isn’t the barometer to judge which fighter is better. This will be a close battle and currently looks like what the next fight in the women’s bantamweight division will be.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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