Julianna Pena feels she’s done enough to warrant a title shot inside the Octagon. The only top-five UFC bantamweight riding a winning streak at the moment, “The Venezuelan Vixen” was displeased with seeing that title shot go to Ronda Rousey.
Rousey returns to the Octagon Dec. 30 at UFC 207 for the first time since dropping her first career loss last November.
Where some fighters would simply keep moving forward and accept another fight in the meantime, Pena says she plans on waiting to face the winner of Rousey’s title fight against champion Amanda Nunes.
“Yeah, I will await the winner. I’m just going to do what makes the most sense for me and try to set myself up as best as I can as a fighter,” Pena told MMAjunkie Radio this week. “I want to fight high-level competition, I want to fight girls that haven’t lost. I want to fight the best in the world. I want to fight some girls with some records, not girls that are 1-1. Whatever the best decision we can come up with is what we’ll do, but until then I’m just waiting in the wings until we can come up with something better.”
As for who she thinks the winner may be, Pena full expects to see Rousey be knocked out for the second time in as many fights.
Pena last fought at UFC 200 in July, defeating one-time UFC women’s bantamweight title challenger Cat Zingano via unanimous decision. Waiting for the winner of UFC 207’s main event would likely require Pena to sit on the sidelines through May 2017 at the earliest.