Passed up for a shot at the UFC bantamweight crown after authoring a 4-0 record inside the Octagon for a fighter who last her last fight and hasn’t competed in over a year, Julianna Pena is upset.
Ronda Rousey will face Amanda Nunes in the main event at UFC 207 Dec. 30, leaving “The Venezuelan Vixen” to continue her climb up the UFC ranks.
“It’s bulls–t,” Pena told MMA Fighting. “That spoiled brat has gotten everything handed to her, and she’s getting everything handed to her again. It’s bulls–t.”
Pena now joins the growing list of fighters who feel wronged in the UFC’s decision to appease its most popular fighters. Most recently, Jose Aldo and Khabib Nurmagomedov took exception to the fact that Conor McGregor would be competing for the UFC lightweight crown.
Like Aldo and Nurmagomedov, Pena is threatening to leave.
“Maybe I’ll go fight for Combate [Americas] or something because it sounds like they want to pay me serious money and actually give me a belt right off the bat just like they did with Ronda in the UFC,” Pena said. “They just handed Ronda a belt and Combate will hand me a belt, so I don’t know, we’ll see how that goes.
“It’s definitely something that I would consider, you know. [The UFC belt is] starting to become a fake toy belt. I fight for money, I’m a prizefighter. So if somebody else wants to give me more money, I’ll gladly sit down at the negotiating table and see what’s going on and what’s being offered.”