UFC Bantamweight Julianna Pena Confronts Dana White During UFC 265 Presser, Asks About Amanda Nunes

Published 08/06/2021, 3:37 AM EDT


The UFC 265 pre-fight press conference went down in Houston, Texas. While Derrick Lewis and Ciryl Gane fight in the main event, Julianna Pena was supposed to take on Amanda Nunes for the bantamweight title in the co-main event of the pay-per-view. However, as ‘The Lioness’ tested positive for COVID, the fight had to be called off.

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Despite that, Pena was present in Houston. ‘The Venezuelan Vixen’ surprised Dana White by asking where is Amanda Nunes at the press conference. “This question’s for Dana, Where’s Amanda, Dana? Where’s Amanda at?” asked Pena to White. “She has COVID,” White replied.

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It’s not too late to get her here I heard she tested negative,” Pena informed White about Nunes’ latest negative test. “Oh yeah? I didn’t know that. Soon, honey. You’ll be fighting soon. Sit back, enjoy the fights this weekend, and you’ll be fighting very soon,” White replied.

When? I heard December. Is that true?” Pena asked about a potential timeline of the fight being re-booked. “I don’t know if that’s true or not. We’ll see how this plays out. Soon. As soon as we can make it, we’ll make it. Alright? Thank you. Good to see ya,” White reaffirmed the bantamweight contender.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 14: Amanda Nunes of Brazil celebrates in the octagon at the end of the round during the UFC 245 event at T-Mobile Arena on December 14, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Pena was supposed to take on Holly Holm in May. However, as Holm had to pull out because of injury, Pena found herself at the prime spot to challenge for the title next.

Amanda Nunes responds to Julianna Pena

Well, it seems like Nunes monitored the press conference as well. She noticed Pena’s question and tweeted out a response to her opponent.

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Hey @VenezuelanVixen Did you ask about me? I’m here in sunny south Florida. I’m just as excited to see you too. Hopefully soon. Btw. You looked great tonight,” wrote Nunes.

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The duo is expected to eventually square off before the end of the year. However, there has been no timeline confirmed yet for the match-up. When the UFC re-books the fight, remains to be seen.

Also Read: ‘He is the Evolution of MMA at Heavyweight’- Daniel Cormier Extremely Impressed With Ciryl Gane Ahead of UFC 265

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Apratim Banerjee

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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