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Julianna Peņa calls for trilogy against Amanda Nunes in first statement after UFC 277 loss

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  • Julianna Peņa calls for trilogy against Amanda Nunes in first statement after UFC 277 loss

    Julianna Pena is already looking towards the future after losing her bantamweight title to Amanda Nunes in the UFC 277 main event.

    After pulling off a massive upset to beat Nunes in their first encounter, Peņa suffered a lopsided unanimous decision defeat to Nunes in the rematch, which saw her suffer several nasty cuts along her forehead that had blood covering her face for the second half of the fight.

    Following the event, UFC president Dana White said Peņa was meeting with a plastic surgeon to repair the damage done due to a “big chunk missing from her forehead” but it turns out she only needed some stitches to close the wounds.

    While she’ll still need to take some time to recover, Peņa wasted no time looking towards an eventual trilogy against Nunes now that the series is tied at one win a piece.

    “Tougher than a two dollar steak,” Peņa wrote on Instagram. “Thanks for the love everyone! Just a cat scratch that required a few stitches, no chunks missing, no surgery necessary. Love you all! We’re 1-1 now.”

    Peņa closed the post with several hashtags that included “trilogy” and “Peņa vs. Nunes 3.”

    Immediately after the event was over, White was hesitant to commit to a third fight between the bantamweights, especially with Nunes looking to take some time off to spend with her family following back-to-back battles with Peņa as well as coaching against each other on The Ultimate Fighter.

    While the first fight played out in Peņa’s favor, Nunes definitely turned the tables in the rematch as she dominated nearly every minute across five rounds in the championship fight.

    The final scorecards gave Nunes every round including several 10-8 rounds in her favor after she landed six takedowns and three recorded knockdowns.

    Still, Peņa stuck around until the final horn as she showed unbelievable durability to survive the onslaught from Nunes over 25 minutes.

    Now it appears Peņa is hoping for another chance to set things right after her UFC title reign ended in her first defense.

  • #2
    Sounds like Nunes can do it again if she can get it to the late rounds and avoid the submissions.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Anthony342 View Post
      Sounds like Nunes can do it again if she can get it to the late rounds and avoid the submissions.
      Nunes has few options out there that draw money

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      • #4
        Originally posted by OctoberRed View Post

        Nunes has few options out there that draw money
        So they go the money route too, like Mcgreygoat too. Smaht.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Anthony342 View Post

          So they go the money route too, like Mcgreygoat too. Smaht.
          Or Nunes vs. Svetlana again

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          • #6
            Originally posted by OctoberRed View Post

            Or Nunes vs. Svetlana again
            So it seems Nunes has been the best so far at 135 then in its short history. Kinda like Cyborg at 145?

            Oh and while I'm on the subject, how good was Kenny "Kenflo" Florian? I only ask because this show Battle Bots comes on after AEW Dynamite and he's a co-host on it. They keep referring to him as a "UFC Legend." I remember him being good, but is he really considered a legend?

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            • #7
              Nah, Florian wouldn't be considered a legend. He was considered one of the best to never win a title at one point but he's probably not even on that list anymore.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by henrykk123456 View Post
                Nah, Florian wouldn't be considered a legend. He was considered one of the best to never win a title at one point but he's probably not even on that list anymore.
                I thought so. It sounded like they were inflating his name value to bring in more viewers.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Anthony342 View Post

                  So it seems Nunes has been the best so far at 135 then in its short history. Kinda like Cyborg at 145?

                  Oh and while I'm on the subject, how good was Kenny "Kenflo" Florian? I only ask because this show Battle Bots comes on after AEW Dynamite and he's a co-host on it. They keep referring to him as a "UFC Legend." I remember him being good, but is he really considered a legend?
                  Let's see if they make that Cyborg vs. Harrison fight

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