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Julianna Pena Is Going to be Out for a While

Julianna Pena won TUF 18, and has pretty much beaten up everyone but the elite fighters of the ladies’ bantamweight division, so she’s carved out a decent spot for herself in the Octagon pecking order. But all of that is on ice for a while. And it has something to do with having a bun […]

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Julianna Pena Is Going to be Out for a While

Julianna Pena won TUF 18, and has pretty much beaten up everyone but the elite fighters of the ladies’ bantamweight division, so she’s carved out a decent spot for herself in the Octagon pecking order. But all of that is on ice for a while. And it has something to do with having a bun […]

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UFC Fight Night 110 Q&A with Julianna Pena, and Tyson Pedro

At the UFC Fight Night 110 Q&A on Friday, Julianna Pena and Tyson Pedro will answer questions from the fans in Auckland. The video is expected to begin at at 7:00 p.m. ET on Friday.

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UFC Fight Night 110 Q&A with Robert Whittaker, Julianna Pena, Tyson Pedro, and Dan Hardy

At the UFC Fight Night 110 Q&A on Friday, Robert Whittaker, Julianna Pena, Tyson Pedro, and Dan Hardy will answer questions from the fans in Auckland. The video is expected to begin at at 7:00 p.m. ET on Friday.

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Valentina Shevchenko on armbar finish over Julianna Peña: I felt her arm crack three times

Valentina Shevchenko knew she got the win before her opponent Julianna Peña tapped out to her armbar submission at UFC on FOX 23.

Shevchenko and Peña met in the main event of last Saturday’s event in Denver in what was believed to be a women’s bantamweight title eliminator. This was a matchup pitting the two top contenders in the division, both with very different styles, as Shevchenko was considered the superior striker and Peña the superior grappler.

“The Bullet” locked up an armbar in the second round that forced the talented grappler Peña to tap out. Shevchenko remembers knowing she had the victory in her pocket before the tap came, and it was several sounds in Peña’s arm that signaled it.

“When I was on the ground and she started to throw punches, they weren’t hard, they weren’t effective because I was covering everything, and she didn’t hit one strong punch or anything like that,” Shevchenko told Ariel Helwani on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. “But when I tried to go for the submission, got her arm and put my belly down, in that moment, I felt like two or three times a click in her arm, like, ‘crack, crack, crack,’ and then I felt, ‘this is it, I have this armbar. It’s only a matter of time before she taps.’ But then, she started to protect it, so I just put a little bit of pressure and she tapped at that moment.”

This moment came by surprise to many, as Shevchenko has been considered to be a striker in the UFC, and her last submission win came almost 11 years ago. But to Shevchenko, this was no surprise, as she fancies herself a complete fighter, and trained for every possible situation for this pivotal bout.

“For every fight, I’m not only thinking about one strategy, my coach Pavel [Fedotov] is always thinking about every possible situation that I will possibly be in during the fight,” Shevchenko explained. “That’s why we’re training standing, wrestling, jiu-jitsu, everything, but I was pretty sure I would take this fight, I would win this, and I was prepared for striking, submissions, everything. Before the fight, everyone asked me, ‘Valentina, you’re a striker, how do you feel about your wrestler opponent?,’ and every time I would say, ‘I’m a martial artist, I’m a complete fighter.’”

Although it hasn’t been officially announced by the UFC, Shevchenko expects to be challenging for the title in her next bout, and says that the UFC bringing Amanda Nunes inside the octagon after her win last Saturday was a confirmation of that. If this fight comes to fruition, as many expect, this will be a rematch as Nunes and Shevchenko fought in the past at UFC 196 in 2016.

Their bout was a close contest that had Nunes winning the first two rounds and Shevchenko the final round. The Kyrgyzstan native is confident that with the two extra rounds a title fight offers, her fight with Nunes will be completely different.

“I’m feeling a much better fighter than last time, and of course all this training and fights that I’ve had after [the first fight with Nunes] will help me to have a great fight,” Shevchenko said, “and I’m very excited, and can’t wait ’til it happens.”

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Morning Report: Julianna Peña goes off on Ronda Rousey: ‘She’s been dodging me this whole time’

Though UFC women’s bantamweight contender Julianna Pena may have only fought once last year, she certainly made a name for herself outside of the cage. Peña made waves last year by giving multiple fired up interviews where she attacked the UFC for giving Ronda Rousey an immediate title shot, threatened to leave the UFC for doing so, and most recently, she threatened to “raise Hell” if she was denied a title shot after winning her next fight against Valentina Shevchenko. Well, it looks like 2017 will be no different.

In a recent appearance on Brian Stann’s radio show Toe-2-Toe on SiriusXM Rush, Peña once again took aim at Ronda Rousey following her 48-second destruction at the hands of bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes at UFC 207, saying that Rousey was never that good and that the former champion had been ducking her going all the way back to her days as a competitor on The Ultimate Fighter.

“It just sucks that Ronda’s been dodging me this whole time. When I was on The Ultimate Fighter and Dana allowed women to fight in the UFC, she was fighting one girl while I fought four girls in seven weeks. The reason why they don’t count those fights as real is because it would be illegal. It would be absolutely illegal to allow that many fights in that short amount of time.

“The thing that drives me crazy is that I took out her whole team. She should’ve wanted to fight me in vengeance for her team right after I beat every member on her team. I dismantled all of them. It drives me crazy that it wasn’t me that was able to do it and it drives me crazy that she’s been dodging me this whole time and that I wasn’t the one to be able to dethrone her. To show everyone that this girl’s been spoiled. She’s been handpicking her fights from day one. She’s been getting everything handed to her because her name is Ronda Rousey and she’s been brought up to be this glorious god that was untouchable and it just drives me crazy that I wasn’t able to be the one to dethrone her from the beginning.

“But hats off to Holly Holm and hats off to Amanda Nunes for getting the job done. Unfortunately, it wasn’t able to be me and I don’t know if it ever will be because I don’t know if she’s ever gonna come back or not.”

Peña made her way to the UFC through The Ultimate Fighter Season 18, the first season to feature female fighters and the season coached by then champion Rousey. Peña was the first overall selection for Miesha Tate and defeated two of Rousey’s selections en route to winning the tournament, Rousey’s longtime friend and training partner Shayna Baszler and Rousey’s last pick, Jessica Rakoczy. As Peña began to put together her current four-fight winning streak, Rousey defended her belt five times against top-ranked contenders. Rousey’s recent losses, including her devastating loss a little over a week ago, have left her MMA future incredible uncertain.

Peña’s future, on the other hand, is far more concrete. She’s set to take on No. 1 contender Valentina Shevchenko in the main event of UFC on FOX: Denver with the winner all but guaranteed the next crack at Amanda Nunes’ title. It’s a fight Peña didn’t particularly want beforehand, but now she has jumped into it wholeheartedly, saying she has an “obsession” with this fight and with proving that she is the true champion at 135 pounds.

“I’m constantly studying video on this girl. I think I’ve dug up every single video out of the depths of the internet on Valentina. I wake up thinking about her, I got to bed thinking about her. She’s always constantly on my mind. I stalk this girl for Pete’s sake. It’s kind of scary. The obsession that I have with her is a bit freaky. And it’s just because I want to prove a point to myself that I am the force to be reckoned with in this division like I’ve been saying since day one. I am the one to be feared. They do not want to get locked in the cage with me because I’m a freakin’ animal and I’m a machine and I’m coming to kill you.

“I think that they all underestimate me. All the time everybody’s always underestimating me. All the time everyone’s disrespecting me and not giving me my credit and it makes me so angry and it puts a fire underneath my ass to go out there and prove it time and time again. That I am the freakin’ champion, I am the rightful champion, and it’s only a matter of time and it will just be a consequence of all the hurdles and the bumps that I’ve had to go through that I get to that title shot and I get that 12 pounds of gold around my waist. It’s only a matter of time.”

Shevchenko is no easy task for the ambition young fighter though. The Russian bantamweight was among the best Muay Thai fighters in the world before transitioning to MMA where she has only suffered two defeats, one of those an extremely close battle with the current champion. But assuming she is able to get past Shevchenko, Peña likes her chances to against Nunes.

“I predicted from the very beginning that Amanda was gonna knock Ronda Rousey out and it turned out that I was right. I think that I hit the nail on the head. So congratulations to Amanda Nunes but I also know that the opponent I’m about to face has already faced her and gave her a hell of a war too so she’s not untouchable and every dog has its day.

“The lion climbing the hill is a lot more hungrier than a lion that sits on top of the hill, and I’m definitely a lion in my own right. I was born on Aug. 19th at 11:11 AM and I was bound for greatness. I am true Leo lion and I spit fire morning, noon, and night, and I’m not gonna stop until I get what’s rightfully mine.”

Peña faces Shevchenko in the main even of UFC on FOX: Denver on Jan. 28th.


MUST-READ STORIES

Civil. Mark Hunt has filed a lawsuit against Brock Lesnar and the UFC.

86 420. The NAC will discuss removing marijuana from the banned list.

Cancellation. The UFC canceled their event scheduled for March 3rd in Las Vegas.

A la King. Jacare Souza says Luke Rockhold “chickened out” of fighting him.

Dodge. T.J. Dillashaw believes Cody Garbrandt is trying to “avoid the fight” with him.


MEDIA STEW

TTTHS Awards.

Champ Life.

Apparently Brock hexed them or something by walking on the logo.

Floyd telling Ronda to keep her head up.

Not technically MMA but Jack Slack is wonderful and this whole episode was great.


LISTEN UP

Beatdown.

Angela Lee interview.

Anik and Flo.


TWEETS

This is the best thing done by an MMA fighter in a long time.

What a gentleman.

I hope it’s not for all. I hope y’all fight like 5 times.

Does this mean they’re fighting?

Heartening.

Buchholz is not happy about not getting his due.

Ethered.

Interesting info.

Seems like she’s mad about the Carla news.


FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Elizabeth Phillips (5-4) vs. Leah Letson (3-1); Invicta 21, Jan. 15.

Melvin Guillard (32-16-2, 3 NC) vs. Chidi Njokuani (16-4, 1 NC); Bellator 171, Jan. 27.

Alessio Di Chirico (10-1) vs. Eric Spicely (9-1); UFC on Fox: Denver, Jan. 28.

Luis Henrique da Silva (12-1) vs. Jordan Johnson (6-0); UFC on Fox: Denver, Jan. 28.

Carla Esparza (11-3) vs. Randa Markos (6-4); UFC Fight Night: Halifax, Feb. 19.

Ricardo Ramos (9-1) vs. Michinori Tanaka (11-2); UFC Fight Night: Houston, March 4.

Vicente Luque (11-5-1) vs. Leon Edwards (12-3); UFC Fight Night: London, March 18.


TODAY IN MMA HISTORY

2002: B.J. Penn lost for the first time in his career when Jens Pulver defeated him by unanimous decision at UFC 35 to retain his UFC lightweight championship. This event also featured Murilo Bustamante stopping Dave Menne with punches to claim the UFC midleweight championship.

2010: Gray Maynard defeated Nate Diaz in their rematch at UFC Fight Night: Fairfax.


FINAL THOUGHTS

That interview with Peña is something else. Sure, the Ronda ducking her while Ronda was fighting top 5 opponents is a bit off, but you can tell this woman has a huge chip on her shoulder and really, really wants this. Hard to imagine anyone who is more motivated than her right now.

That’s all folks. Have a great one and see y’all tomorrow.


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Julianna Pena Joins the Sour Grapes Club

Ronda Rousey is coming back and getting an instant title shot, so contender Julianna Pena is taking a page from Jose Aldo’s book and freakin’ out over the “unfairness” of it all. As per MMAFighting: “It’s bullshit,” Peña told MMA Fighting. “That spoiled brat has gotten everything handed to her, and she’s getting everything handed […]

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Julianna Pena Joins the Sour Grapes Club

Ronda Rousey is coming back and getting an instant title shot, so contender Julianna Pena is taking a page from Jose Aldo’s book and freakin’ out over the “unfairness” of it all. As per MMAFighting: “It’s bullshit,” Peña told MMA Fighting. “That spoiled brat has gotten everything handed to her, and she’s getting everything handed […]

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Julianna Pena Joins the Sour Grapes Club

Ronda Rousey is coming back and getting an instant title shot, so contender Julianna Pena is taking a page from Jose Aldo’s book and freakin’ out over the “unfairness” of it all. As per MMAFighting: “It’s bullshit,” Peña told MMA Fighting. “That spoiled brat has gotten everything handed to her, and she’s getting everything handed […]

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Julianna Peña furious ‘spoiled brat’ Ronda Rousey gets title shot, may leave UFC

Top women’s bantamweight contender Julianna Peña calls Ronda Rousey’s immediate title shot ‘bullsh*t’ and is considering leaving the UFC.

On Wednesday, it was announced that former UFC women’s bantamweight champ Rousey was going to resume her MMA career after about year away from competition. And for her return fight, Rousey will be getting a title shot against now champion Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 on Dec. 30 in Las Vegas, Nev.

Peña, who’s currently ranked fifth in the division and riding a four-fight wining streak, has been campaigning for a title shot for some time, and she’s not happy Rousey is getting the shot over her.

“It’s bullshit,” Peña told MMA Fighting. “That spoiled brat has gotten everything handed to her, and she’s getting everything handed to her again. It’s bullshit.”

Peña doesn’t understand how Rousey, who hasn’t fought in almost a year and is coming off a devastating knockout loss to Holly Holm at UFC 193, was able to get an immediate title shot.

“I have no idea,” Peña said. “Never in the history have I ever heard of somebody have a no-controversy brutal knockout, then quit the sport, and then comeback and get a title shot right away. The girl is mentally weak and Amanda Nunes is going to f**king knock her out and expose her ass. She’s literally the worst fighter on the roster, and I can’t stomach the fact that I’m not getting the title shot. I don’t know how they conduct business over there, but they’re going to do what they want no matter what, so there is not really much I could do. Back to the drawing board I guess.

“I don’t understand. I think Alexis [Davis] went and got two split decisions, and she got a title shot. Bethe Correia took out Ronda Rousey’s camp – Shayna Baszler, Jessamyn Duke – and Ronda was all up in arms about it and wanted to get revenge for them. But I beat her whole entire team. I took out her whole entire team on The Ultimate Fighter, and I didn’t get a title shot then. You know, these other girls are getting these title shots coming off of losses. There are girls that just say her name and she calls them out and then they get title shots. I’m honestly so confused and all I can say is that it’s bullshit.”

The 27-year-old Peña believes the reason why she hasn’t been able to get a fight with Rousey it’s because Rousey is trying to avoid a beating.

“I definitely think she’s trying to avoid a fight with me, 110 percent,” Peña said. “That girl is running from me. I won her whole show and she sees me to continue win, and she’s yet to say my name ever. She’s definitely avoiding me and if she comes back and wins this one, she’ll probably retire and never fight again. She’s going to do everything possible to avoid me for the rest of her career. She doesn’t want anything to do with me and I don’t blame her. She knows I would whoop her ‘f**king ass.”

Peña says the UFC has not contacted her to see what they have planned for her.  She says she’s now considering leaving the promotion after learning that Rousey was getting the title shot.

“Maybe I’ll go fight for Combate [Americas] or something because it sounds like they want to pay me serious money and actually give me a belt right off the bat just like they did with Ronda in the UFC,” Peña said. “They just handed Ronda a belt and Combate will hand me a belt, so I don’t know, we’ll see how that goes.

“It’s definitely something that I would consider, you know. It’s starting to become a fake toy belt [the UFC belt]. I fight for money, I’m a prize fighter. So if somebody else wants to give me more money, I’ll gladly sit down at the negotiating table and see what’s going on and what’s being offered.”

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