Julianna Pena has not been letting Amanda Nunes off the hook in the lead-up to their title fight at UFC 277. The two have been talking trash whilst coaching The Ultimate Fighter and it has done nothing good for their relationship.
“They got every excuse in the book for why I won. And so, my whole premise behind wanting to do the rematch was just to solidify that I am here to stay. That this is my time, this is my era. The Amanda era is done. It’s the Julianna Peña era now,” Peña said.
“I’ve had two knee surgeries, one on each knee. I’ve never used me getting choked unconscious, I was like, ‘Oh, it was because of my knees.’
“You gotta say whatever you can to motivate yourself and to pump yourself up and to sleep at night so that you can say, ‘Yes, it was my knees, and next time, I’m gonna get it done.’
“You gotta say whatever you gotta say, and I understand that.”
Julianna Pena takes it personally as she's worked her whole career in order to become UFC champion. She's currently looking at Amanda Nunes as just another challenger.
“It’s my life’s work. This is what I’ve been doing for the last 13 years. It wasn’t to be at the bottom of the list, it was to be at the top of the mountain.
“Things look different at the top of the mountain, and my job is to make sure that anybody trying to climb up gets kicked off.”