Round 1: They meet in the center of the cage. Pena inches forward. Rakoczy lands a left hand. Pena closes the distance and takes Rakoczy down. Pena works in Rakoczy’s half guard. Rakoczy pushes Pena off with his legs and gets to her feet. Pena quickly applies the clinch and presses her against the cage. They exchange knees to the body and Pena secures a trip takedown. Pena lands a left hand. Pena postures up and lands a left hand. She stands and passes Rakoczy’s guard into side control. She advances to the mount position. Rakoczy bucks but can’t get Pena off her. Pena lands punches. Pena continues to lands shots. Rakoczy tries desperately to get Pena ouff. Pena opens up with elbows and punches. Rakoczy covers. The referee steps in and stops the fight. Julianna Pena is the first ever female winner of The Ultimate Fighter.
The official time of the technical knockout was 4:59 of the opening round.
“I figured she would go to her strengths and use angles and try to box me but I didn’t give her any space. I was relentless. I never thought their would be women in the UFC so to be the first female Ultimate Fighter winner is amazing. Im glad to be a par tof history. I had a singular goal of beating Jessica so I focused on nothing but her. I didn’t hear the crowd or anything, I was like a race horse staying in their lane and sprinting forward. I have a motto ‘look good, feel good, fight good’ Im on national tv, I can’t be looking like a ragamuffin.