Julianna Pena did not appreciate former UFC dual champion Daniel Cormier suggesting that her work did not warrant a trilogy bout with Amanda Nunes.
‘The Venezuelan Vixen’ shocked the world at UFC 269 when he stopped the general consensus women’s MMA GOAT via second-round submission. The two ran it back at UFC 277 where Nunes dominated Pena for 25-minutes on her way to a unanimous decision victory, leaving the series tied at one apiece.
Julianna Pena has recently lobbied for a third meeting with ‘The Lioness’ but not everyone is in favor of an immediate rematch for Pena, including former two-division world champion Daniel Cormier. DC claimed the work of Pena “hasn’t warranted an immediate rematch” during his EPSN program DC & RC.
“The work hasn’t warranted an immediate rematch,” said Cormier. “Because if not, then every champion that loses gets an immediate rematch. It’s not like that. It just doesn’t work that way. Amanda [Nunes] got an immediate rematch, because she’s Amanda Nunes. Jose Aldo didn’t get an immediate rematch [against Conor McGregor], and he was the longest-reigning featherweight champion of all-time.”
Pena took offense to DC’s comments, calling out the UFC Hall of Famer during the UFC Vegas 64 broadcast on Saturday night.
“I have been clawing and scratching my way to the top and been in this division since 2013 when they first allowed women to join the UFC, and I did everything that I said I was going to do leading up to that fight,” said Pena. DC, you’ve had 10 title fights, bro. Like, why are you hating on me for wanting to get a trilogy fight? Ten! I think that’s the most title fights in UFC history. I mean, come on, dude. Like, don’t block me out, dude.”
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Daniel Cormier Addresses Claim That He Had ‘Dana White Privilege’
Daniel Cormier has now responded to Julianna Pena’s reaction on his show ‘DC & RC‘ on ESPN and accusations that he had ‘Dana White privilege’ during his history UFC tenure.
“So, I didn’t get an immediate rematch after I lost first. When I lost to Jon Jones, I didn’t get an immediate rematch. Jon Jones got in trouble so then I got a fight for a championship. I was lucky in that regard. I won. And then in my first title defense, I won again. And then I won again. So you win and you win and eventually, you had 10 title fights.
“I’m not knocking Julianna. I love Julianna, but those 10 title fights were not just based on me getting title fights. I won some fights, I lost some fights, but I would win at opportune times so I found myself in a lot of positions. There was no Dana White privilege. That was me, a hard-working young gentleman from Lafayette, Louisiana.”
Do you believe Julianna Pena should get a trilogy bout with Amanda Nunes or did ‘The Lioness’ deliver a dominant enough performance in the rematch to justify leaving things at 1-1?