Julianna Pena Wins the Prestigious UFC President’s Honors Choice Award for Performance of the Year

Published 01/22/2022, 12:27 PM EST
LAS VEGAS, NV – DECEMBER 11: Julianna Peña celebrates her victory over Amanda Nunes in their womans bantamweight title fight during the UFC 269 on December 11, 2021, at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV. (Photo by Louis Grasse/PxImages/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Julianna Pena is a constant reminder to the world that you can achieve anything if you put your mind to it. ‘The Venezuelan Vixen’ made waves as she went in as an underdog and took on Amanda Nunes, and absolutely dominated the champion at UFC 269.

2021 has been a great year for Julianna, not only has she become the women’s bantamweight champion, but she has inspired millions around the world.

Recently, Peña won the prestigious UFC President’s Honors Choice Award for Performance of the Year, for her fight against Nunes. The Venezuelan took to Instagram to thanks the UFC and Dana White for her illustrious award.

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Pena also gave her shout-out to her coaches and her team that helped her reach the stage she is at in her career right now. The fighter trains at SikJitsu, and Gregory Boxing & Muay Thai in Illinois. She also trains at the Luiz Claudio Combat Team, which is from where she received her Purple Belt.

READ MORE: Miesha Tate Explains Why Julianna Pena Defeated Amanda Nunes at UFC 269

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What’s next for Julianna Pena?

After beating one of the most dominant fighters in the sport, Julianna Pena, has big things coming her way. The fighter made her way up to the 4th rank in the women’s pound for pound division and also won herself the bantamweight title this year.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA. – DECEMBER 11th: 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)

Pena will most likely take on Amanda Nunes in a rematch for the UFC bantamweight title in her next fight. She accepted Nunes‘ offer for a rematch right after her victory at UFC 269. If the fight does go down, we can expect it to take place this summer.

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Pranit Punjabi

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Pranit Punjabi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. A third-year psychology major, this Justin Gaethje fan merged his interest in psychology with his deep passion for MMA and was intrigued by this new angle to help him get closer to the action. Pranit aims to look through the violence and chaos, into what makes MMA truly beautiful, the deep and rich psychological aspect of the game.

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