Julianna Pena Sends Amanda Nunes an Ultimatum- Fight Her or Vacate UFC Bantamweight Belt

Published 01/27/2021, 10:16 PM EST
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)


UFC bantamweight Julianna Pena took to her social media and went right after the divisional champion Amanda Nunes. ‘The Venezuelan Vixen’ is coming off a massive come from behind victory over former title challenger Sara McMann at UFC 257. Pena came out in force right after the match and called out Nunes on the microphone and got her attention.

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Julianna Pena is 2-1 in her last three outings and has racked up some massive names on her resume. The 10-4 fighter has made sure to separate herself from the pack not only in her fighting style, but also in her call-out skills. There aren’t many fighters chomping at the bit to fight ‘The Lioness’, which makes her a prime candidate for contention.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 23: (R-L) Sara McMann punches Julianna Pena 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)

Julianna Pena fires on cylinders

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The Washington native made sure to utilize her time on the mic and made sure to follow up on her call-out. Being on the heels of a formidable champion like Amanda Nunes has certainly garnered respect from the MMA community. Not to mention, it bolsters her chances of actually securing the fight considering that other 135-pounders aren’t calling out Nunes. Pena gave a stern ultimatum to Nunes that entitled either fighting her or vacating the 135-pound belt.

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Chiefly, her most recent win was impressive considering the manner in which she was able to enforce her will. ‘The Venezuelan Vixen’ earned a critical third-round RNC submission win after turning the tide from the early moments. McMann has massive name value and a win over a former title challenger certainly solidifies her status.

Amanda Nunes in turn wasn’t too impressed with the call-out as she immediately took to Twitter and let her feelings be known. ‘The Lioness’ has held a stronghold over two UFC weight classes, and her dominance has been clear throughout. In fact, fans have been contemplating as to the match-ups that may end up being enticing for Nunes.

‘The Lioness’ last fought back in June 2020 at UFC 250. However, after getting through motherhood and spending some time off, Nunes is ready to return to action. Her rival Valentina Shevchenko has stolen the spotlight in her absence, and Nunes will be looking to get back to the domain.

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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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