Julianna Peña Feels Amanda Nunes Struggled To Make Weight For UFC 269 Bout
UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Julianna Peña feels that Amanda Nunes had difficulty making weight for their bantamweight fight last December at UFC 269.
“I think that she had two fights her entire camp leading up to this fight,” the newly-crowned champion said.
“Her first fight was gonna be her weight cut and trying to get her body back down to fighting at bantamweight. And her second fight was gonna be (against) me.”
Peña shocked the world at UFC 269 when she choked betting-favorite Nunes by rear-naked choke in only the second round of the super fight. Nunes lost a bout for the first time since 2014.
Unlike most of her fights, Nunes had difficulty controlling the fight’s momentum.
Long before she got the victory, Peña had been saying that she would beat Nunes with ease. This is because she believes she had only one goal, whereas the former champ was distracted.
“I only had one fight the entire time and that was me focusing on just Amanda, not having to make weight, not having to make such a drastic weight cut. (It was) something that I never had to take into consideration during my camp. I am a natural 135lber,” Peña added.
Peña was coming off a submission win over Sara McMann in January 2021.