Amanda Nunes Addresses Upset Loss To Julianna Pena: ‘I Undoubtedly Accept The Rematch’

    ByRoss Markey

    Dec 13, 2021

    Amanda ‘The Lioness’ Nunes has addressed her stunning bantamweight championship upset loss to newly-minted queen, Julianna ‘The Venezuelan Vixen’ Pena at UFC 269 on Saturday night, confirming she is eager to score an immediate title rematch.

    Nunes, the promotion’s featherweight and bantamweight champion heading into Saturday’s co-headliner, suffered the snapping of her staggering 12-fight, seven-year undefeated run against Washington challenger, Pena, dropping a second round rear-naked choke defeat in a bid to lodge her sixth successful bantamweight title defense.

    The Bahia native started well against Pena, slamming home numerous leg kicks which felled Pena, as well as a stiff jab, before sweeping the challenger and taking top control from the midway point of the opening round.

    However, finding herself on the wrong side of one of the most shocking tide-turning performances in recent memory, Nunes constantly met with Pena’s jab square and clean, standing right in front of the challenger and attempting to walk through her best strikes.

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    Clinching Nunes at the fence, as the defending champion appeared severely fatigued, Pena took the back, and stunningly, without establishing either hooks, locked up a rear-naked choke and immediately drew a tap from Nunes who lost her bantamweight crown.

    Turning in one of, if not arguably the biggest upset in the history of the promotion if not the entire sport, Pena immediately spoke of her willingness to score a rematch with Nunes if the former bantamweight champion desired, as well as listing her intentions to secure future rematches with flyweight queen, Valentina Shevchenko, and former featherweight best, Germaine de Randamie.

    Taking off her gloves, Nunes spoke with UFC color commentator, Joe Rogan, where she claimed that she was not surprised by the loss she had just suffered.

    Honestly, it’s no surprise at all,” Nunes said. “I know she’s (Julianna Pena) a warrior. I know she can come forward, and I know she can get hit and still keep moving forward. I just today– checked out. I still need to work on a couple of things. I’m going to keep working until I fix them, and soon I will come back to the gym and come back here. Thank you guys for all the cheers. I’ll see you guys all again soon.

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    Honestly, I did everything tonight,” Nunes explained. “I trained very hard for this, but I feel like I still, fought with a couple of things I thought I fixed, but they came back tonight. Congratulations to Julianna (Pena). She’s a warrior. I knew that the whole time. I’m going to go back to the gym and train hard and then come back strong.

    Posting on her official Instagram account today, Nunes once again addressed her upset defeat to Pena, and confirmed that she would be willing to take a rematch with the new bantamweight champion.

    You guys think I’m going to go out unbalanced,” Nunes posted. “I undoubtedly accept the rematch. Give me a little time to get my sh*t together and I will be back better than ever (lion emoji) @danawhite.

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