Julianna Peña, the UFC women’s bantamweight champion, has made it known that she would not back down from a battle.
Julianna Peña defends her title for the first time against Amanda Nunes, the lady she dethroned. The two are slated to square off in a title rematch in the main event of UFC 277 on Saturday.
Pea (11-4 MMA, 7-2 UFC) stunned the world late last year at UFC 269 with a major upset, submitting Nunes in the second round. Her capitulation occurred after a tense, back-and-forth exchange of blows. If necessary, “The Venezuelan Vixen” will not hesitate to engage in such a brawl.
“At the end of the day, Amanda and I are the two best fighters in the world,” Peña told reporters at Wednesday’s UFC 277 media day. “You’re literally getting the two best fighters in the world that are going to collide on Saturday night.
“I can’t tell you that I’m going to pull a rabbit out of the hat. I can just tell you that I’m going to stand there toe to toe with the best in the world, and I’m going to give my best, and we’re going to see whose ovaries are bigger. I’m willing to bet that that’s me.”
A second victory for Peña would certainly put an end to her battle with Nunes and open the door to new prospects. Pea is confident in her abilities, but she refuses to think beyond Saturday.
The torch was passed,” Peña said. “I snuffed it out. I’m ready to close this chapter, and I’m ready to move forward. With that being said, it’s hard for me to predict what’s in the future and what’s going to happen.
“I just want to live presently at the moment, and presently I have a bigger, faster, stronger, new gym, better mental-state Amanda that’s going to be facing me on Saturday night, and I don’t take that lightly.”