In this era of money fights, we have seen a massive uptick of smack talk directed at less-than-active fighters, or fighters that otherwise wouldn’t be in their crosshairs. Tyron Woodley wants to fight Georges St-Pierre and Nick Diaz. Eddie Alvarez wants to fight Conor McGregor. Mark Hunt wants to fight Brock Lesnar, say he’s on steroids, and then complain a bunch when he’s proven right.
When it comes to money fights, though, the money doesn’t get better than Ronda Rousey and while there are plenty of women worth fighting in that cluster$*@% of a division right now, you can bet that everyone from Leslie Smith up to the newly minted champion Amanda Nunes want a shot at the returning Rousey.
The one going hardest after Ronda Rousey? None other than Julianna Pena. The TUF18 winner turned a lot of heads when she went on a name-calling rant against the former champ, calling her fat…and while she’s willing to concede that she’s not actually fat, she says she’s still a bitch! Here’s the quote:
“I think it was the wrong choice of words. What was in my head didn’t come out exactly the way I wanted it to through the media. I’m not trying to call her a fat person — I was basically commenting on how the media is always asking about her, whether she’s training or not, whether she’s coming back or not, whether she’s having that giant’s babies or not, and it’s so annoying at this point that I’m just like, forget about it. The buzz has died.”
While Pena’s mad, the buzz most certainly hasn’t died. Otherwise she wouldn’t be talking about it, and otherwise we wouldn’t be writing about it.
No matter how you feel about Rousey, though, this is another example of Julianna Pena being a petulant individual. She has a long history of being just generally terrible which has played out both on television and in courtrooms. She’s not far removed from a court case where she nut-shotted a bouncer at a bar because they wouldn’t let her in after hours, and her bad attitude and general toxicity to those around her was a major plot point during her run on The Ultimate Fighter.
And on that note, she’s still generally mad about TUF18 and working opposite Team Rousey:
“I think a lot of people have forgotten how rude and how much of a bitch she was to me on the show and the way that she treated me personally. Those are things that I don’t forget. She’s disrespected me, and she’s disrespected my coach on the show.”
For those that don’t watch recent TUFs (and we can’t blame you because they suck), she’s referencing the first episode of the season where Rousey said she didn’t even belong in the same cage as her top pick and future horsewoman Shayna Baszler in a taped segment (that is, she didn’t say it to her face or anything). That angered Pena right quick, and she’s still mad about it to this day.
The bad news for Pena is that all this name-calling isn’t going to get her a fight with Ronda Rousey. If Rousey comes back, she’s going to either get a title fight, or possible rematch Holly Holm or Miesha Tate. The good news for Pena is that she’s all but guaranteed a title fight right now with her win over Cat Zingano. If she can take the belt, things get quite interesting…
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