Julianna Pena is looking to settle her rivalry with Amanda Nunes, and she wants it to happen before the end of the year.
Peña (11-5 MMA, 7-3 UFC) had her surprising UFC women’s bantamweight title reign brought to an abrupt end this past
month when she was dominated to a unanimous decision by Nunes (22-5 MMA, 15-2 UFC) in the UFC 277 main event.
The fight was a rematch of Peña’s monumental upset of Nunes at UFC 269 in December, where she shocked
the world with a second-round submission to claim the throne. The rematch was a completely
different fight, however, and much of Nunes’ success came from changing to a southpaw stance,
where she racked up multiple knockdowns.
Peña admits she was caught off guard by the approach,
but said there’s no way that would happen again in a definitive rubber match.
“When someone has entirely revamped and completely switched their entire stance,