Julianna Pena Would Accept Short-Notice Fight Against Ronda Rousey

April 4, 2015
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It was a long time coming for Julianna Peña at UFC Fight Night 63. She returned from a severe injury and walked away with a first-round technical knockout and $50,000 in bonus cash.

The emotion ran high for the first female winner of “The Ultimate Fighter.”

“I don’t want to talk about it,” Peńa said of her newly earned bonus. “I’m going to start crying because that’s like the best thing that’s ever happened to me. It really is.”

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Ronda Rousey Julianna PenaPeńa suffered a knee injury last year, which kept her out of competition following her win on the UFC’s reality series. She revealed in subsequent interviews that the situation was heartbreaking. UFC Fairfax represented her chance to show off her arsenal and prove that she belongs amongst the best women fighters on the planet.

Getting back in the cage was tough, she explained, and staying positive was and will remain key.

“I’m just happy to be here and I’m pumped to get back in the cage,” she said. “It’s been a long and grueling road this last year and a half, trying to get my knee back to where it was, and now that I’m here I just have to stay positive and have to believe in myself and I most certainly do.”

Regarding 2015 and her path going forward, Peña said she would accept a fight from someone knocking on her door and looking to get in the Octagon with her. If for some reason Bethe Correira dropped out of her upcoming fight with UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, Peña boldly said she would eagerly step up as a replacement.

From injured list to potential title fight, Peña is game.

“I know how to fight. Yeah, I would [fight Rousey],” she said.

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  • polk14

    Pena would not last a round with Rousey.

    • Edwin

      These days, making it past the 1 minute mark in the first round is a bragging right against RR. If you exclude the Carmouche fight, Ronda’s last 5 fights would fit within 5 minutes total time…

      If you include her amateur and pro career, she is 14-0 and only 3 matches lasted over 1 minute. McMann (1:06 of 1st round), plus Tate and Carmouche. Saying that she wouldn’t last a round isn’t saying much. Can she last an entire minute?

      • projectchapter2

        Her last five fights would not last in under 5 minutes unless you exclude the TATE fight… I believe that is what you meant. Tate went 3 rounds with Ronda… almost as long as all of the rest of RR’s fights combined.

        • Seth

          But…did she really? She was a punching bag and ragdoll for RR. I guess it was in Rousey’s favor – because she could be the f out of Tate for longer period of time. I wouldn’t count that really…

        • Edwin

          My bad…i was tired when i wrote that, brain not working at 100%. But Tate’s 3 round whooping was not competitive. She was arm-barred in the 1st round and….uhhh…got out of it? I watched it live and when Tate didn’t tap to the armbar, i thought RR was trying to punish her… I give Tate credit for her standup in that fight and for having heart, but that was a beating.

          Thank God RR doesn’t have bloody fights. If RR was making the ladies bleed like Cain, they would ban her Judo butt faster than u can say harai goshi. Jiu Jitsu and Judo at her level is amazing but look at Cyborg. Cyborg’s muay thai makes her a kneeing and punching machine who destroys her opponents, sometimes leaving them bloody. No one wants to see that. The media would be all over the UFC if Rousey bloodied girls up. Why do you think the UFC didn’t build a division around Cyborg 5 years ago? Females can fight but the casual fan isn’t ready for it. I think Cyborg in the UFC against anyone other than RR, McMann and Carmouche is a PR nightmare. Cyborg is going to wreck some people in the standup and clinch.

  • uncle

    Easy win for Ronda

  • clem wilson

    Pena is a bum and broke. make this Pena dude earn his way by actually beating someone. Pena will be back cleaning motel rooms soon.

  • Teodoro Medeiros


    Fixed that for the truth…

  • drkdisciple

    How about Julianna Pena beats a top 5 ranked contender and then talks about a title fight.

    • uncle

      Only thing that will happen Juilanna will get injured again next time it will be a broken arm.

    • The Prognosticator

      Why? It’s not like the UFC cares neither has Bethe. The UFC will give anyone a shot at Rousey except Cyborg.

      • drkdisciple

        I completely agree with you. Just saying I would like her to fight a top ranked fighter before getting a big payday against Ronda.

  • clem wilson

    Pena is a burro and Rosuey is a Stallion. Big difference.

  • Jason Mayele

    Let her beat at least a top 10 before mentioning Ronda name.

  • Why is this even on the table for her? This is getting to be a joke.

  • snapdad

    pena isn’t eligible for a title shot, she don’t talk trash

  • bud

    The girl she fought was maybe the worst ive ever seen it the octagon her ground game rivaled kimbo slice she gave pena mount that doesnt make pena good

  • KJK

    This is a stupid topic. Ronda is a world class killer and Pena has barely professional level skills….she needs numerous years of training and several several more fights before she even belongs in the same cage. Being intense is not the same as being good.

  • clem wilson

    Just deport Pena back to Columbia and get an American fighter.