Julianna Pena called out Mayra Bueno Silva for failing a drug test.
Earlier this week, Bueno Silva announced she failed a pre-fight drug test before defeating Holly Holm at UFC Vegas 77. ‘Sheetara’ revealed the banned substance was to help her ADHD, but she’s still expected to be suspended and face further repercussions.
Before the failed drug test, Bueno Silva attempted to secure an opportunity to fight for the vacant UFC women’s bantamweight title against Pena. Once ‘The Venezuelan Vixen’ heard of the Brazilian’s possible suspension, she reacted by saying this on Twitter:
“#CHEATara, living up to your nickname. Back to being a curtain jerker of an Apex card you go. You fought two 41yr olds this year and you had to cheat in order to get it done. Can’t pass a #drugtest? Keep my name out of your mouth ya dumb broad!”
Bueno Silva’s second-round submission against Holm extended her win streak to five fights. The 32-year-old also moved up to the number three ranking in the women’s bantamweight division, making her a candidate for the vacant title fight. Unfortunately, the ongoing issues with USADA likely ruin her chances.
Meanwhile, Pena last fought in July 2022 when she lost the 135-pound title in a rematch against Amanda Nunes. Since then, ‘The Venezuelan Vixen’ has advocated for an opportunity to regain her throne, which seems inevitable due to the structure of the division.
#CHEATara, living up to your nickname.
Back to being a curtain jerker of an Apex card you go. You fought two 41yr olds this year and you had to cheat in order to get it done. Can't pass a #drugtest?
Keep my name out of your mouth ya dumb broad! pic.twitter.com/EMyfJu8xbo
— Julianna Peña (@VenezuelanVixen) August 22, 2023
What’s next for Julianna Pena and the UFC women’s bantamweight division?
On June 10, Amanda Nunes retired after defending her UFC women’s bantamweight title against Irene Aldana. As a result, fans are waiting to see who will fight for the vacant throne. Now that Mayra Bueno Silva is out of the picture, the two contenders likely getting the opportunity have become more transparent.
Firstly, Julianna Pena is the number one-ranked fighter in the division and a former champion. Therefore, she is expected to be fighting for the vacant title. Standing across from Pena should be Raquel Pennington, the number two ranked women’s bantamweight riding a five-fight win streak.
The other top contenders are either coming off a loss or don’t have the credentials to warrant a title shot. With that said, nothing has been confirmed by the UFC, so only time will tell who gets the call to fight for the vacant world championship.