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Juliana Pena and Amanda Nunes Fired up the Crowd Ahead of 'Biggest Fight in WMMA History'

By Tudor Leonte  |  July 29, 2022  |  No Comments

UFC 277 is just a few hours away.

In the headliner of next Saturday's event, current Ultimate Fighting Championship women's bantamweight titleholder Julianna Pena will face former divisional queen Amanda Nunes in a much-anticipated rematch. Pena (11-4, 7-2 UFC) captured the championship after taming the "Lioness" via rear-naked choke at UFC 269, scoring one of the biggest upsets in recent history. Before that fight, Nunes (21-5, 14-2 UFC) piled up an impressive 12-fight winning streak and was part of the short-listed club of fighters in company history to hold two belts simultaneously. Nunes still has the 145-pound belt but aims to become a two-division champion again.

Ahead of UFC 277, Pena and Nunes put on a verbal war during the pre-fight conference press. Both contestants believe their upcoming clash is the 'biggest fight in WMMA history,' and the UFC audience is in for a treat. Nunes sounded pretty confided about that.

This is the biggest fight ever. I'm going to be the double champion again. What is more exciting that that?

While the two will exchange punches and shots soon, "The Venezuelan Vixen" agrees with Nunes on their clash's importance.

Amanda and I are the two best female fighters in the world. Absolutely, this is the biggest rematch. You guys in Texas say that everything is bigger here in this State. We're going to show you what bigger and better means on Saturday night.

Pena shocked the world when she submitted Nunes in December. Despite the historical accomplishment, many critics believe that Pena's win was just a fluke.

It’s frustrating. They said that she slipped on a banana peel and that’s why she lost that night. But that’s not the case, and that’s what we’re doing here. We’re going to run it back and do it again, and maybe you guys will finally put some respect on my name.

Pena is currently on a two-bout winning streak. She obtained her title shot after forcing Sara McMann to tap to a rear-naked choke maneuver at UFC 257 in January 2021. The 32-year-old champion doesn't agree with people pumping up her upcoming rival more than necessary.

Fedor Emelianenko has an aura. Mike Tyson, Dana White – they have auras. I don’t know about this aura you speak of on Amanda Nunes. I’m not seeing it.

In fact, Pena believes that her opponent is looking for an easy way out of their clash when Nunes hints that she'll return to featherweight soon.

All the real fights are at 135 (pounds). She’s saying that she’s going to fight at 145 and defend her belt. Against who? Name three 145ers. Name two 145ers. There’s nobody in that division. Everybody knows the real fights are at 135 pounds. Amanda and I are the two best female fighters in the world, and all the real sh*t is at 135.

"The Venezuelan Vixen" concluded that she will do whatever it takes to notch her first title defense and defeat the long-term rival.

I’m going to punch, kick, pull her hair. I’m going to bite her. I’m going to gouge her eyeballs out, if I have to. I’m literally going to do everything in there. Trust me when I say that I’m willing to die and do whatever it takes. I’m going to do whatever it takes.

In turn, Nunes confessed that she considered retiring after losing the championship to Pena. Still, she made a few adjustments in her personal life and returned on the mat. Her mission is simple, recapture her UFC.

Honestly, how I lost, I couldn’t take it. I went back home, and I had to do this again. I made all the adjustments and changes that I was supposed to do. I jumped right back into camp. I want the belt back, and this is what I love to do. This is the feeling that I like and cannot retire like that. That was my main reason. I’ve got to fight. I’ve got to be there 100 percent and do my best.

"The Lioness" is one of the most successful fighters in WMMA history. She is the record holder for most wins for a woman inside the Octagon, Most wins in championship fights for a woman, most finishes, and total title defenses, among other things. Before facing Pena, she squashed Megan Anderson via first-round triangle armbar at UFC 259 and retained the undisputed featherweight crown.

Saturday, I just have to be precise with my shots. Of course, everyone makes mistakes, and I made one. But I adjusted and got everything tight and sharp. Saturday, I will show you guys I deserve my title back.

Nunes sees only one outcome for the UFC 277 main event, her victory.

I will be there, ready to be even better than her. She’s really going to face a lioness. She didn’t get to see last time, so I’m ready. There’s only one lioness in the jungle, and that’s me.

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