- Julianna Pena hits out at Amanda Nunes over retiring amid their highly-anticipated potential trilogy match once again
- “The Venezuelan Vixen” is still hoping that she and “Lioness” will pick up where they left off in the future
Julianna Pena still refuses to move on from Amanda Nunes. For “The Venezuelan Vixen,” Nunes will always be a “coward” in her eyes simply because she chose to run away instead of finishing what they have started.
Amanda chose the easy Way Out
Speaking to ESPN MMA, Pena did not shy away from blasting “Lioness” once again, reiterating that Nunes had all the reasons to do the trilogy match with her but instead, she chose the “easy way out” by retiring.
“We are one and one and I think I’m the only person on the face of the planet that is allowed or can say or call Amanda Nunez a coward because we do have unfinished business and you know I definitely think that she found the easy way out in retiring,” Pena explained.
“Injuries happen in the sport, of course it’s my fault that I wasn’t able to compete at that time but she also pulled out of our fight when we were supposed to fight the first time and she’s pulled out of many fights in the past. It doesn’t mean that you go and retire because of it so for me, it’s just a little frustrating and I think I was definitely showing my frustration there cageside, which of course that’s what I’m gonna do in there when they’re sticking the camera in my face and asking me what’re my thoughts after every single round,” she argued.
Maybe one Day
As it stands, Pena wishes Nunes a happy retirement but she is not ruling out the possibility of them crossing paths once again inside the Octagon.
“As a mom, as a human, I wish her the best. Enjoy your retirement, you know what I mean? Have a good time. But on a professional level, I’m like, you can’t go when we’re 1-1. You gotta finish it out. You gotta see it through,” Pena concluded. “So, I think she knew what was in store for her and that’s why she chose the easy way out and I guess we’ll never know.”
As the division’s No. 1 contender, Pena is expected to fight for the now vacant UFC women’s bantamweight title. The promotion has yet to provide an update but Erin Blanchfield has already expressed her interest to be the other half of the title match.