‘I Gave Birth to My Daughter’- Julianna Peña Says Amanda Nunes is Not the Baddest Mom on the Planet

Published 12/13/2021, 11:00 AM EST


Unofficial belts and titles have become a staple in the world of MMA today and every fighter is looking for some amount of clout. Be it Jorge Masvidal’s ‘BMF’ belt or Daniel Cormier’s title of being the ‘Daddest Man on the Planet’; there’s no shortage of quaint titles in MMA. In fact, newly crowned UFC bantamweight champion Juliana Peña is also keen to attach an additional moniker to her name.

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Speaking out at the post-fight presser, Peña responded to a reporter’s question about being crowned the ‘Baddest Mom on the Planet’. Nunes vs Peña was the first ‘mom vs mom’ championship fight, and Peña came out on top. Not to mention, she made it clear that she wants the aforementioned title because she gave birth to her daughter while Nunes’ child with Nina Nunes is adopted.

DENVER, CO – JANUARY 28: Julianna Pena enters the Octagon before facing Valentina Shevchenko of Kyrgyzstan in their women’s bantamweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at the Pepsi Center on January 28, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

“The UFC absolutely needs to create a new belt for me. It needs to be the ‘Baddest Mom on the Planet’. I’m not trying to take away anything from Amanda. She’s a wonderful mother but I gave birth to my daughter and I feel like for giving birth I am the first mom champ.”

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While her outlook on the matter is certainly unique, it’s highly unlikely the UFC will be awarding any more one-off belts. UFC President Dana White made it abundantly clear that Jorge Masvidal’s ‘BMF’ belt was a stand-alone incident. However, stranger things have happened in the sport we call MMA.

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Who does Julianna Peña square off against next?

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Peña also talked about possibly re-matching certain opponents in the upcoming year. One option that stood out to ‘The Venezuelan Vixen’ was a scrap against Valentina Shevchenko at flyweight. This fight makes sense for Peña since she was defeated by ‘The Bullet’ in 2017 and now also can become a double champ if she beats her.

“I think that there are some rematches I want to do. I would like to go down and rematch Valentina Shevchenko, I would love to get that rematch against Germaine de Randamie. I would love a rematch against Amanda Nunes if that’s what she wants. Those are the rematches that I have in my peripheral.”

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There are many options for Peña to opt for once it’s all said and done. However, a rematch against Amanda Nunes next still seems the most likely. ‘The Lioness’ is an all-time great and the UFC would certainly give her another crack.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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