Julianna Pena has shed gentle upon the side of her combat in opposition to Amanda Nunes that helped her succeed the place others failed. Pena believes that her gameplan of assembly “hearth with hearth” is what separated her from the opponents that Nunes beforehand beat.
The primary combat between ‘The Venezuelan Vixen’ and ‘The Lioness’ transpired at UFC 269 in December of final 12 months. The UFC ladies’s bantamweight title matchup noticed a stark distinction between its first and second rounds.
In spherical one, it was Nunes who out-struck and out-grappled Pena. Nevertheless, in spherical two, the 2 fighters obtained right into a slugfest, with Pena getting the higher of the exchanges. Pena proceeded to out-strike and out-grapple ‘The Lioness’, defeating her through second-round submission to turn out to be the brand new UFC ladies’s bantamweight champion.
Throughout Pena’s newest interview with TSN, the interviewer famous that Nunes likes to maintain folks on the finish of her punches. On that be aware, he added that Pena managed to shut the space and suffocate Nunes. When requested if this was a part of her gameplan, Pena responded by stating:
“Yeah, and I feel when you return to some folks’s, a number of the different women’ fights; both they’d shrink back from that, they’d throw wild at that, or they’d identical to, their entire camp, put together to simply, like, eat it and block it. No person actually had the gameplan to fulfill that fireside with hearth and face that head-on, and that was my gameplan.”
Julianna Pena on legitimizing her title reign by beating Amanda Nunes in a rematch
UFC ladies’s bantamweight champion Julianna Pena and UFC ladies’s featherweight champion Amanda Nunes are set to conflict in a rematch at UFC 277 on July thirtieth. The much-awaited conflict will likely be a bantamweight bout with Pena’s title at stake.
Forward of the combat, Pena has been extremely assured about going 2-0 in opposition to the legendary Nunes. In an interview with TMZ Sports activities earlier this 12 months, Pena lauded ‘The Lioness’ for her contributions to MMA as an entire.
Moreover, Julianna Pena emphasised that she goals to legitimize her title reign by defeating Amanda Nunes of their rematch and efficiently defending her title. Pena famous that she nonetheless appears like a contender with a goal on her again, including that there’s much more work she must do. Pena mentioned:
“I am not content material with simply ‘Oh you’ve got obtained the belt.’ No. You are not a champ till you defend it. And till I solidify that, that is my belt. For me, I am waking up each morning pondering I nonetheless have not hit my purpose.”
Watch Pena’s TMZ Sports activities interview under: