TUF 18 winner Julianna Peña explained that she may have overreacted when she told UFC President Dana White about her knee injury, admitting that she was overwhelmed with pain when she told the executive about how it happened.
In an interview with UFC Tonight, Peña said that explaining things in the “heat of the moment” contributed to the controversy surrounding the injury she sustained in late January.
“I think I’m a girl,” Peña said. “I was a block away from the hospital, [in] my gym. I shouldn’t have had the phone in my hand when I was screaming in an intense amount of pain.
“I think that just explaining things in the heat of the moment … was just super overwhelming for both me and Dana.”
Peña said she injured her knee while wrestling and during a training session with her team, Sik-Jitsu, in Spokane, Wash. Following her call with White, the UFC boss said Peña was attacked by her training partner.
Peña downplayed the attack, saying that it was only a freak accident and she learned from her mistake.
“We were grappling for about a minute before my knee tore out,” she said. “Mistakes were made and lessons were learned and I think it’s a thing that’s just going to make me stronger in the future.”
Peña added that her surgery went well, and the recovery time from the onset of injury is anywhere between six months to a year.
The fighter’s said she expects to learn more about her recovery at her next doctor appointment in May.
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