Amanda Nunes issues warning to Julianna Pena
Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports
- The UFC bantamweight champion is preparing to defend his sixth title at UFC 265.
- Pena managed to secure the title after the social media barrage.
- Nunes is not impressed – issues a no-frills American warning.
Two-time UFC champion Amanda Nunes is currently gearing up for her sixth bantamweight defense.
The Brazilian queen is set to face Julianna Pena at UFC 265 in August.
Nunes, 33, made his UFC debut in 2013.
Since her arrival in the big leagues, the South American striker has become the undisputed GOAT of mixed female martial arts.
Racking up 14 tantalizing wins and two titles over the past eight years, there’s no denying that Nunes is heading for Hall of Fame status.
After a few extremely dominant years, Nunes, who currently holds both the bantamweight and featherweight titles, has left fans wondering how long she will compete before considering retirement.
After securing famous victories against Valentina Shevchenko, Miesha Tate and Cris Cyborg, it is fair to say that the “Lioness” has nothing more to prove.
However, seemingly determined to further cement her place among the sport’s greats, Nunes doesn’t seem to show any signs of slowing down.
‘lioness’ eyeing her prey
After Nunes’ last win over Megan Anderson at UFC 259, bantamweight contender Pena was quick to take to her social media and demand a shot at the 125-pound title.
Given the fearless nature of her appeal, UFC President Dana White shocked fans by honoring Pena’s request and secured a main event title fight later this year.
Although she granted her wish to her next opponent, Nunes clearly expects a familiar outcome.
Speaking recently to addicted to mma, the 33-year-old, when asked about Pena’s overwhelming confidence, revealed that while she admires her opponent, she has no plans to lose her belt.
I like this. These kind of girls bring the best of me to the cage. I like what she did. She got it. I’m happy for her, and we’ll see each other soon.
I know she has nothing to lose, so I’m always ready.
No one is going to take this from me.
I will become a lion in the cage, and no one will take this belt from me.
Amanda Nunes in UFC 265 bantamweight title fight against Julianna Pena
Nunes welcomes Pena’s grappling challenge
After learning that she will be fighting for the bantamweight title next, Pena was very vocal in predicting that her wrestling game would be too much for Nunes to handle.
However, Pena isn’t the first of the Nunes title challengers to say so.
While Nunes is best known for hitting like a truck, her ground game sometimes goes unnoticed.
The Brazilian’s last fight saw her doing light work with a much taller and much tidier Anderson before tying her to the ground and ultimately forcing her to type due to an inverted triangular armband.
Responding to Pena’s wrestling warning, Nunes expects the American to eat her words at the end of UFC 265.
All my opponents are the same.
Since I have this belt, they say the same thing. None of them could stop me. She will be next. She’s not going to stop me with her fight. I promise you.
We’re going to do an interview like, ‘I told you. She doesn’t stop me. I’m going to defend, and I’m going to shoot him, and I’m going to finish him off on the ground.
She’s good with her wrestling, but she also has a lot of holes. The girls that I finish submit it. Valentina (Shevchenko) and Germaine (from Randamie) – two attackers – submitted her. So it has a lot of holes. I am going to do the same thing.
Amanda Nunes predicts outcome against Julianna Pena at UFC 265