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‘It’s Absolutely Ridiculous’ – Julianna Pena Airs Her Frustrations Over Amanda Nunes Snubbing Her

Published 03/10/2021, 5:08 AM EST

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UFC women’s bantamweight contender, Julianna Pena, has talked to the Schmo in an interview after her fight against ‘The Preacher’s Daughter’ Holly Holm got canceled. ‘The Venezuelan Vixen’ has been asking for a title fight against Amanda Nunes for a while now, and this might be her time.

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She’s been turning down a fight for a long time now,” Peña told The Schmo. “I think that her asking me to fight GDR (Germaine de Randamie) again is comical. To me, it’s clear as day she doesn’t want to fight me.

Pena said that Nunes doesn’t want to fight a wrestler or a grappler. She alluded to the fact that the Brazilian had selectively fought pure strikers after her title-clinching victory against Miesha Tate at UFC 200.


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‘The Venezuelan Vixen’ also pointed out that she was the subject of some partial treatment. “The funny thing about her wanting me to fight Germaine, like, you didn’t ask Holly to fight one more, you didn’t ask Megan Anderson to fight one more, you didn’t ask Felicia Spencer to win one more,” she said.

Pena also alluded to the fact that she has beaten every single grappler in front of her and pronounced herself to be the greatest female wrestler in the UFC women’s bantamweight division.

Julianna Pena and her frustration with Amanda Nunes

Pena said that she had been in the mix and aired her frustrations. She talked about her impressive 10-4 record and compared it to other fighters in her division. The Venezuelan also asked why she was the one who had to fight one more. She asked for the justification of the one more fight rule put on her by the champion.

“I’ve been fighting just as long as she has, and I think it’s absolutely ridiculous that she would ask me to fight one more, again, especially since Holly pulled out,” she added.


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It was clear to see that she felt incredibly frustrated, and she also revealed that she had repeatedly called the UFC President Dana White to talk about a title shot after Nunes’ dominant performance against Megan Anderson.


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It does make sense for the UFC to make this fight and if she gets it, expect a brave performance from the Venezuelan. ‘The Lioness’ has cemented her status as the greatest ever to do it, but she inches closer to her eventual retirement with every fight she wins. Is this the time for a new champion in the women’s bantamweight division?

Do you think Julianna Pena has what it takes to beat Amanda Nunes?


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Aniket Awasthi


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Aniket Awasthi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for MMA and the UFC in general to enhance his journalism. He calls charismatic names like Chael Sonnen and 'The Count' Michael Bisping as his favorite fighters, but he is a great admirer of the rise of Israel Adesanya ever since he fought Rob Wilkinson at UFC 221.
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