Julianna Pena Credits Her Insecurities for Not “Taking My Clothes Off & Trying to Be a S*x Sells Type of Person”

Published 06/21/2022, 5:39 AM EDT
SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA – JULY 13: Julianna Pena prepares to fight Nico Montano in their women’s bantamweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at Golden 1 Center on July 13, 2019 in Sacramento, California. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Julianna Pena is one of the most underrated female UFC fighters. She made herself prominent by defeating Amanda Nunes, who looked invincible in her UFC run. Ever since then, the UFC bantamweight champion has been in the news. ‘The Venezuelan Vixen’ recently made a bold statement about promotion and claimed to brand herself in a different way.

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Julianna Pena appeared on Barstool Chicago’s RebuildEd podcast where she talked about her MMA journey, recent fame after her big victory, and explained how her insecurities helped her build a brand name without following social media norms.

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“I think that it’s (physical insecurities) helped me in a way because it’s easy to take your clothes off and sell something on Instagram and be this sexy model.”

“But I’m trying to do it in a classy way where it’s like, I don’t have to take my clothes off to get people to wanna be invested in what I do… I’m not trying to knock anybody for doing that, you know, get your paper boo-boo, do what you gotta do,” Pena added. 

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“But for me, it’s put me in a situation where I have to market myself in a different way. That’s not necessarily about taking my clothes off and trying to be a s*x sells type of person.” 

UFC 277: Julianna Pena vs. Amanda Nunes

‘The Venezuelan Vixen’ shocked the world by submitting ‘The Lioness’ to become the new female bantamweight champion at UFC 269. She will now defend it against Nunes for the first time in a rematch.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 11: Julianna Pena celebrates after defeating Amanda Nunes of Brazil to win the women’s bantamweight title during the UFC 269 event at T-Mobile Arena on December 11, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)

This much-anticipated title rematch will headline UFC 277 on July 30 at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.

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What made Pena’s win incredible was that ‘The Lioness’ hadn’t lost since 2014. As the champion even outperformed Nunes before dominating her on the ground, fans will expect the same from her in the rematch. However, it will not be easy as the former champion will be aware of Pena’s threat and look to squash it in her bid to seek redemption.

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All in all, there is a lot to expect from this title rematch at UFC 277.

What are your thoughts on this rematch? What is your reaction to Pena’s words? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Afnan Chougle

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Afnan Chougle is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. Besides writing, this Media graduate is an integral part of the digital web stories team for combat sports. Before joining EssentiallySports, Afnan gained valuable experience as an intern at Jiostudios Production House.

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