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Julianna Pena

Julianna Pena 2021: Record, Net Worth, Salary, and Endorsements

Julianna Pena is one of the best female fighters in the UFC who currently competes in the bantamweight division. As of December 2021, 'The Venezuelan Vixen' sits at the #3 position in the UFC women's 135 lbs rankings and #11 in the UFC women's pound-for-pound rankings.

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Julianna Pena: Background

Pena was born and raised in Spokane, Washington, United States. She started her combat sports career by enrolling herself in a cardio kickboxing class in October 2008. 'The Venezuelan Vixen' then transitioned into the MMA world, making her amateur debut in April 2009. 

Julianna Pena: Mixed Martial Arts Career

Julianna Pena has a spectacular professional MMA record of 10-4 (3 T/KO and 4 submissions). 

She made her professional debut in May 2009, where 'The Venezuelan Vixen' claimed a first-round submission (rear-naked choke) victory over Raylene Harvey at ExciteFight. Then, Pena fought in several MMA promotions, such as IFC, CageSport, and more, before making her UFC debut. 

Julianna Pena: UFC Career

Her first fight under the banner of UFC was in 'The Ultimate Fighter 18,' aka 'The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate.' Pena became the first female to win 'TUF' in 2013 when she defeated Jessica Rakoczy in the season finale.

In 2014, Julianna Pena suffered a leg injury during a gym workout, resulting in her being out of action for the entire year.

However, 'The Venezuelan Vixen' made a great comeback, claiming three consecutive victories before suffering her first UFC loss at UFC on Fox 23: Valentina Shevchenko vs. Julianna Pena. Shevchenko defeated Pena in the second round via submission (armbar).

Then, she immediately bounced back and defeated Nicco Montano via unanimous decision before suffering another UFC loss against Germaine de Randamie via technical submission (guillotine choke). 

Once again, 'The Venezuelan Vixen' managed to put herself back on the map by defeating Sara McMann via submission (rear-naked choke) at UFC 257.

In Julianna Pena's next fight, she will challenge for the UFC women's bantamweight title, currently held by Amanda Nunes.

Amanda Nunes vs. Julianna Pena will serve as the co-main event at UFC 269, which takes place on December 11, 2021.

Her UFC record stands at 6-2 prior to her scheduled title clash at UFC 269.

Julianna Pena: Film and Television

In 2013, Pena featured in the award-winning mixed martial arts documentary film directed by James Z. Feng, Fight Life.

Furthermore, she is an announcer for Combate Americas' English language broadcast on DAZN.

Julianna Pena: Personal Life

Pena is a mother of one, a daughter named Issa Cruz, whom she gave birth in January 2018. She is the sister of former KREM 2 reporter and morning/noon meteorologist Grace Pena.

'The Venezuelan Vixen' is the daughter of Ernie Pena (father) and Pamela Pena (mother). Furthermore, Pena has Venezuelan and Mexican roots, as her father is from Venezuela and her mother is from Mexico.

As of December 2021, there are no credible sources available for her dating life, such as Julianna Pena's boyfriend or marital status. 

According to MMA Fighting, Julianna Pena was arrested for assault in December 2015.

Julianna Pena: Championships and Accomplishments

As aforementioned, Pena is the first woman in history to win 'The Ultimate Fighter' tournament. 'The Venezuelan Vixen' has one 'Performance of the Night' bonus in her name.

Furthermore, she won the 'Submission of the Month: January 2021' by MMA Junkie for her rear-naked choke victory over Sara McMann.

Julianna Pena: Net Worth 2021

According to Media Referee, 'The Venezuelan Vixen' has a net worth of over $500,000 as of 2021. 

Julianna Pena's UFC career earnings stand at $467,500 as of 2021, according to The Sports Daily. Her biggest paycheck ($95,000) came from her fight against Sara McMann at UFC 257.

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Her net worth is expected to rise, considering Julianna Pena's next fight is a title bout against Amanda Nunes at UFC 269 on December 11, 2021.

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NicknameThe Venezuelan Vixen
BornAugust 19, 1989
GymSik-Jitsu, Spokane, Washington, USA
Height5' 6"
Weight/Division135 lbs (bantamweight)
Leg Reach39"
MMA Record10-4 
Active Win Streak1
Wins by Stoppages7 (3 T/KO and 4 Submissions)
Net Worth$500,000
Marital StatusNA
KidsOne Daughter (Issa Cruz)