Amanda Nunes Can Rematch Julianna Pena, If She Wants To
Amanda Nunes showed her respect for the new UFC bantamweight champion, Julianna Pena.
Nunes (21-5) lost her title Saturday night at UFC 269 to Pena in the second round via submission. Nunes, who many consider one of the greatest female UFC fighters, made no excuses for her first loss since 2014.
“Nothing was surprising at all,” Nunes said after the fight.
“I knew she was going to come forward. Just today, I checked out. I need to work on a couple of things and fix it, get back in the gym, and come back soon. Congratulations to Julianna, she’s a warrior.”
Nunes had a strong start — knocking her down twice — but Pena turned the contest around when she dropped the former champion and went for the takedown, forcing her to tap.
Nunes posted a photo of her and her family a day after the fight, thanking fans.
“Thank you so very much everyone!” Nunes said. “Life goes on.”
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UFC President Dana White said in the post-fight press conference that the two can have a rematch, if Nunes wants it.
“It’s a big rematch if [Nunes] wants it,” White said at the UFC 269 post-fight press conference.