‘She Didn’t Like Me at All’- Julianna Pena Aiming to Draw Ronda Rousey Out of Retirement for a Grudge Match

Published 01/14/2022, 11:26 AM EST


Reigning UFC women’s bantamweight champion Julianna Pena wants the former women’s champion, Ronda Rousey, to come out of retirement for a clash inside the UFC cage.

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‘The Venezuelan Vixen’ and ‘Rowdy’ had a bitter past dating back to 2013 during The Ultimate Fighter show. The former was in fellow fighter Miesha Tate’s team in the battle between Tate and Rousey.

Tate is Rousey’s rival. Later, ‘Cupcake’ and ‘The Venezuelan Vixen’ became training partners and also won the competition. Ever since then, Pena had poor relations with Rousey.

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In an interview with The New York Post, Pena said, “We’re not friends. We don’t speak. She really had a tough time getting along with me on The Ultimate Fighter. She didn’t like me at all because I was friends with Miesha Tate.”

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)

“Pena added, “She wasn’t the nicest. It would be amazing to pull Ronda Rousey back out of retirement. It would be great to have her come back to UFC and fight again. I don’t know that she’ll recall this because she ended up getting taken out by her entire team.”

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“But when we won ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ and got out of the house, she told me that, ‘You’re gonna give me a tougher fight than Miesha Tate Tate, but when that day comes I’m still gonna kick your ass. I kind of said to her, We’ll see.”

Julianna Pena Ready for a Rematch With Amanda Nunes

‘The Venezuelan Vixen’ pulled off one the biggest upset in the history of the sport at UFC 269 last year. She defeated the former UFC women’s double champion, Amanda Nunes, in a bantamweight title fight.

Pena is currently on a two-fight undefeated streak. She had an impressive career in the promotion and hails a professional fight record of 12-4 under her name.

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Defeating ‘The Lioness’ was one of the biggest achievements of Pena’s career. However, right after her victory, the bantamweight champion expressed her desire to fight Nunes again in a rematch in several of her post-fight interviews.

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‘The Venezuelan Vixen’ is currently enjoying her time away from the UFC octagon. However, she has some big plans for 2022. After bagging such a stunning win against one of the best fighters, Pena will surely have fans’ eyes on her to see what lies next for her.

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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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