Julianna Pena’s Not Intimidated by ‘Bully’ Ronda Rousey

March 18, 2015
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The first female winner of The Ultimate Fighter, Julianna Pena, has been critical of women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey since the 2013 filming of the reality series. Pena was a member of Team Tate, headed by bantamweight contender Miesha Tate. Being a friend and training partner of the former Strikefroce champion thrust Pena in the middle of Tate’s rivalry with opposing coach Rousey.

She particularly took offense to Rousey’s comments about her as she prepared to face Team Rousey’s Shayna Baszler. “Shayna’s great, she’s ready,” said Rousey before the two faced off in the cage. “This other girl doesn’t deserve to breathe the same air as her, and she knows it.”

Julianna PenaWhen Rousey criticized longtime ring card girl Arianny Celeste last month before her UFC 184 title defense against Cat Zingano, Pena came to the defense of Celeste, who characterized the bantamweight champion as a bully.

During a recent appearance of Submission Radio, Pena was questioned about Rousey and what would transpire if the two fought.

“Well first off, let me be the first to tell you that I’m the biggest Ronda Rousey fan that there is and I think that she’s an incredible athlete,” said Pena.

“Where I would hold the advantage is that I would not be mentally broken before the fight ever started, which I feel is sometimes to me, in my opinion, what seems to be the case with these other women that are facing her. They already look dead upon arrival when they’re in the cage with her and I refuse to be shaken,” said the No. 13-ranked women’s bantamweight.

Pena agreed with Celeste’s assessment of Rousey being a bully, but believes she can be a bully too.

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“I’ve been bullied my whole life and I just feel like she’s been a bully. I feel like in that sense that I’m the bully and I’m a bigger bully than she can imagine, and I think that I would also have the advantage in the sense that I’m not afraid wherever the fight goes,” said Pena.

“I feel like I have great scrambles, great wrestling, great jiu-jitsu. I have great striking, great Muay Thai. Wherever the fight goes – and this goes for any opponent that I face in the future – wherever the fight goes with any opponent that I face, I’m comfortable and I am confident in my skill set, and I’m gonna give ’em hell or die trying no matter who I fight.”

Pena returns to action for the first time since winning The Ultimate Fighter when she faces Milana Dudieva at UFC Fight Night 63 on April 4. She’s been sidelined since March of 2014 after suffering a serious knee injury while preparing to face Jessica Andrade.

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  • Greg

    Ronda will snap her arm clean off , then check to see if she has a green card

    • polk14

      LOL!!! You know she don’t

      • Nate “THE CHEAT” Marquardt

        But she does have a huge head. Almost as big as Meisha Tates. I wonder if she walks around at like 170 lbs like Meisha does

    • Lexis De La Cruz

      Lmfao she will kick rondas ass and yours..SO SHUT THE F**K UP WITH YOUR RACISTS ASS…

      • Greg

        HA , Ronda will snap her in half and end it quick to avoid getting close to the taco breath ,

        • anmmafanfromday1

          you are a racist prick that don’t deserve the air you breathe. Take your nazi head out of your azz and make an attempt at being human.

          • Nate “THE CHEAT” Marquardt

            I think someone having “BROWN PRIDE” painted on their chest in HUGE letters is more racist than anything that dude said.

      • Greg

        what fence did you crawl under or you just an anchor baby , go home

        • benoit

          Did your president (most important man in the US) crawl under a fence? I don’t think so. or did you crawl yourself like the amp you are, dreaming that you can be superior to them one day? It’s more credible !!!!

          • polk14

            Obama crawled out of the sewer

          • Greg

            his mother should be dug up, ARRESTED for defecating that POS into this world

        • Nate “THE CHEAT” Marquardt

          Most of them cross thru sophisticated tunnels now. I mean 1000’s a day. There are tunnels everywhere from Texas to Diego

    • Nate “THE CHEAT” Marquardt

      I guess you haven’t been watching the news lately because GREEN CARDS are no longer needed. Obama is giving 12 million ILLEGALS citizenship. I think they are calling it the “NEW OPEN DOOR POLICY”

  • she should probably spend more time worrying about getting an actual non-TUF fight in the UFC before she start talking s–t

  • polk14

    I don’t like this girl. She called Dana crying and lied on her training partner saying he hurt on purpose. Just a big crybaby drama queen.

    • Nate “THE CHEAT” Marquardt

      Pena acts like a spoiled entitled b’itch. She must have had 30 lbs + on that skinny little 115 lb former boxer she fought at the TUF finals

  • TKDGuy

    “…said the No. 13-ranked women’s bantamweight.” – exactly. I don’t think she needs to be talking crap about the champ for quite some time.