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New UFC women’s bantamweight champ Julianna Peña willing to rematch Amanda Nunes

After one of the most shocking upsets in UFC history, women’s bantamweight champion Julianna Peña is willing to step in again against former champion Amanda Nunes.

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Pena used some crisp striking to help overcome a tough first round and then successfully dragged Nunes to the ground and secured a stunning second round submission to win the title at UFC 269. In the post-fight press conference, Pena said a rematch with Nunes is fine with her, as long as she can spend some time with her daughter and family first.


“We can do it next, I’m free next month, two months from now – whenever they want to do it I’m ready,” Pena said to reporters. “If she wants to do a rematch, we can do a rematch.”

Pena’s upset win reminded UFC president Dana White of Matt Serra’s win over Georges St-Pierre at UFC 69 while fans pointed to Holly Holm’s upset of Ronda Rousey at UFC 193 in 2015.

“Everybody thinks I am just only versed on the ground or that I’m just a ground person, but in mixed martial arts you have to be versed everywhere,” Pena said. “On the feet, in the clinch and I’m confident on the ground. Wherever the fight goes I’m comfortable.”

“Amanda’s been such a great champion and she’s done so much for the sport, so for me to take down arguably the greatest of all time is something that’s still sinking in right now.”

The rematch should prove to be a hot ticket.


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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