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Mayra Bueno Silva

Julianna Pena takes aim at “horrible” Raquel Pennington vs. Mayra Bueno Silva title fight at UFC 297

Harry Kettle - November 14, 2023

Julianna Pena has taken a shot at the upcoming Raquel Pennington vs Mayra Bueno Silva title fight at UFC 297. Over the course of the last few years, Julianna Pena hasn’t been in the business of making friends. She told the world she would defeat Amanda Nunes and capture the UFC women’s bantamweight championship, and that’s exactly what she did.

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Germaine de Randamie targeting title fight with Julianna Pena or Raquel Pennington upon return: "Let's go"

Josh Evanoff - September 15, 2023

UFC women’s bantamweight Germaine de Randmie would love Julianna Pena or Raquel Pennington later this year. ‘The Iron Lady’ has been out of action for nearly three years. Moreover, Germaine de Randmie’s last bout came in October 2020, facing Julianna Pena. There, the former champion scored a third-round submission victory over ‘The Venezuelan Vixen’. That was her fourth win in her last five appearances, previously notching wins over names such as Raquel Pennington.

Mayra Bueno Silva, Julianna Pena
Mayra Bueno Silva

Mayra Bueno Silva vows to "smash" Julianna Pena following her comments after failed drug test

Cole Shelton - August 23, 2023

Mayra Bueno Silva is ready to smash Julianna Pena. On Tuesday, Bueno Silva revealed she tested positive for a USADA-banned substance leading up to her fight with Holly Holm. According to the Brazilian, she says the banned substance was for ADHD as she makes it clear she would never take any performance-enhancing drugs.

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Mayra Bueno Silva

Julianna Peña rips Mayra Bueno Silva following failed drug test announcement: “Back to being a curtain jerker of an Apex card you go”

Harry Kettle - August 23, 2023

Julianna Pena has ripped into Mayra Bueno Silva after it was revealed that the bantamweight contender has failed a drug test. Last month, Mayra Bueno Silva picked up the biggest win of her career when she was able to submit Holly Holm in the second round of their Fight Night main event. Unfortunately, Silva announced in a statement that she had failed a drug test.

Julianna Pena and Ronda Rousey
Ronda Rousey

Julianna Pena hopeful for Ronda Rousey UFC return: "Has an ass-whooping coming to her"

Josh Evanoff - July 19, 2023

Former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Julianna Pena is hoping Ronda Rousey returns to MMA. ‘The Venezuelan Vixen’ has been out of the cage for over a year, since her rematch with Amanda Nunes. At UFC 277 last July, Julianna Pena was battered en route to a unanimous decision defeat. As a result, she lost her bantamweight title, just six months after she shook up the world against ‘The Lioness’.

Julianna Pena
Julianna Pena

Julianna Pena still frustrated by Amanda Nunes retiring: "We do have unfinished business"

Josh Evanoff - July 5, 2023

Nearly a month on from UFC 289, Julianna Pena is still upset about Amanda Nunes’ retirement. ‘The Venezuelan Vixen’ has been out of the cage since her rematch with ‘The Lioness’ last July. The bout took place just six months after Julianna Pena shook up the world, submitting the Brazilian. However, in the rematch, she was dominated by Amanda Nunes, who reclaimed the gold by unanimous decision.

Erin Blanchfield and Julianna Pena.
Erin Blanchfield

Daniel Cormier calls for Julianna Pena to face Erin Blanchfield for bantamweight title: "She said she's the greatest female fighter!"

Josh Evanoff - June 22, 2023

UFC commentator Daniel Cormier is down to see Julianna Pena vs. Erin Blanchfield. ‘The Venezuelan Vixen’ was last seen at UFC 289 earlier this month in Canada. However, Julianna Pena wasn’t in action like originally expected. While she was slated to fight on the card against Amanda Nunes, the former champion withdrew due to injury and was replaced with Irene Aldana.

Maycee Barber and Julianna Pena.
Julianna Pena

Maycee Barber slams Julianna Pena's 'cringy' comments after Amanda Nunes retirement: "That was very stupid"

Josh Evanoff - June 22, 2023

Women’s flyweight contender Maycee Barber didn’t like Julianna Pena’s actions during Amanda Nunes’s retirement. ‘The Lioness’ returned to the cage at UFC 289 earlier this month, facing Irene Aldana. However, the women’s bantamweight champion was originally expected to face Julianna Pena in a trilogy bout. Nonetheless, ‘The Venezuelan Vixen’ pulled out due to injury, and Amanda Nunes faced ‘Robles’.

Julianna Pena, Amanda Nunes, UFC 277
Julianna Pena

Amanda Nunes explains why she believes Julianna Pena won’t return to UFC champion status

Harry Kettle - June 13, 2023

Amanda Nunes has explained why she doesn’t believe Julianna Pena will become a UFC champion again. Last weekend at UFC 289, Amanda Nunes retired from professional mixed martial arts. She did so after defeating Irene Aldana, cementing her status as the greatest female fighter of all time in the process. Many had been speculating for months that her time was coming and now, we know it to be true.

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Julianna Pena reveals coach had to talk her out of storming cage during Amanda Nunes retirement speech: "Be classy"

Josh Evanoff - June 12, 2023

Things nearly got a bit ugly following the UFC 289 main event bout between Julianna Pena and Amanda Nunes on Saturday. In the main event, Amanda Nunes returned for yet another title defense. She was initially slated to face ‘The Venezuelan Vixen’ in a rare trilogy bout, however, Julianna Pena was forced to withdraw due to injury. As a result, Irene Aldana was given the nod to the short-notice pay-per-view headliner.

Julianna Pena
Julianna Pena

Julianna Pena crowns herself the women's GOAT after Amanda Nunes's retirement: "I'm a warrior"

Josh Evanoff - June 12, 2023

Former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Julianna Pena believes she’s the greatest fighter ever. ‘The Venezuelan Vixen’ has been out of action since her rematch with Amanda Nunes last July. The bout took just a few months after Pena upset ‘The Lioness’ at UFC 269 by submission, ending her historic title run. However, in their rematch, it was one-way traffic, as the Brazilian won by a lopsided unanimous decision.

Raquel Pennington
Raquel Pennington

Raquel Pennington calls for title fight with Julianna Pena following Amanda Nunes’ retirement announcement at UFC 289

Fernando Quiles - June 11, 2023

Raquel Pennington sees a path to the UFC title following Amanda Nunes’ retirement, and she even has a dance partner in mind. Pennington was in attendance for UFC 289, which featured a UFC women’s bantamweight title fight between Nunes and Irene Aldana. In fact, Pennington actually weighed in a day before the fight because she was the emergency backup fighter. Pennington witnessed ‘The Lioness” dominate Aldana for five rounds en route to a unanimous decision victory. After the fight, Nunes announced her retirement from pro MMA competition.

Julianna Pena, Amanda Nunes
Julianna Pena

Julianna Pena claims she made Amanda Nunes "relevant again" by beating her: "She’s probably really thankful for me"

Cole Shelton - June 8, 2023

Julianna Pena says she made Amanda Nunes relevant again. At UFC 269, Nunes was looking to defend her bantamweight title for the sixth time and extend her win streak to 13. During the win streak, she also won the featherweight title and not many of those fights were all that competitive. With that, Pena believes fans started to not care about Nunes’ fights until she pulled off a submission win to become the new champ.

Julianna Pena, Amanda Nunes, UFC 277
Julianna Pena

UFC champion Amanda Nunes explains why she decided not to retire: "I couldn’t leave my belt with Julianna"

Cole Shelton - June 8, 2023

Amanda Nunes has explained why she opted against retirement after losing to Julianna Pena back at UFC 269. Nunes entered the fight as a sizeable betting favorite and had a solid first round. However, in the second round, Pena began to land big shots and it appeared the Brazilian was starting to fade. ‘The Lioness’ was later submitted that very same round.

Irene Aldana

Amanda Nunes labels Irene Aldana a more dangerous opponent than Julianna Pena

Josh Evanoff - May 29, 2023

UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes has discussed her return against Irene Aldana. ‘The Lioness’ has been out of the octagon for almost a year, last competing at UFC 277 in July. That bout was the Brazilian’s long-awaited rematch against Julianna Pena. In December 2021, ‘The Venezuelan Vixen’ famously upset Nunes by second-round submission, ending her title reign.

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Irene Aldana

Amanda Nunes excited to defend her title against “real opponent” Irene Aldana at UFC 289: “After what I did with Julianna in our last fight”

Harry Kettle - May 10, 2023

Amanda Nunes has explained why she’s happier to be defending her UFC bantamweight title against Irene Aldana as opposed to Julianna Pena. At UFC 289 next month, the original plan was for Amanda Nunes to battle Julianna Pena in a trilogy bout. However, after Pena was forced to withdraw, Nunes received a new opponent in the form of Irene Aldana.

UFC 277, Amanda Nunes, Julianna Pena
Dana White

Julianna Pena out of UFC 289 with a broken rib, Amanda Nunes now defends title against Irene Aldana

Cole Shelton - May 2, 2023

The trilogy between Julianna Pena and Amanda Nunes will no longer be happening at UFC 289. UFC president, Dana White took to Instagram to announce that Pena has suffered a broken rib and is out of their scheduled main event fight. However, Irene Aldana has agreed to step up on short notice and will now headline the pay-per-view event for the bantamweight title against Nunes on June 10 in Vancouver, Canada.

Julianna Pena, Amanda Nunes, TUF
Julianna Pena

Julianna Pena explains why her “back hurts” ahead of trilogy fight with Amanda Nunes at UFC 289: “From carrying this fight and from making her relevant again”

Susan Cox - April 19, 2023

Julianna Pena is explaining why her ‘back hurts’ ahead of her trilogy fight with Amanda Nunes at UFC 289. It was announced on April 9th that UFC 289 will feature Nunes vs. Pena 3 in the upcoming mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship which takes place on Saturday, June 10, 2023, at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, B.C. The bantamweight title bout will see Nunes (22-5 MMA) taking on Peña (11-5 MMA) in the Octagon.

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