Current UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Julianna Peña is interested in fighting WWE Superstar Ronda Rousey.
Peña won the championship after defeating Amanda Nunes at UFC 269. The former knows Rousey well. In 2013, on Team Rousey vs. Team Tate, Peña became the first woman to win The Ultimate Fighter as a member of the latter team.
Peña had hoped to face Rousey after her TUF win, but that never happened. However, she is still interested in fighting The Baddest Woman on The Planet, as revealed in a Sports Illustrated interview. The current champion also slammed UFC President Dana White for “handing” a belt to Ronda Rousey.
“That [Rosey vs. Peña] has always been a fight that interests me. When Dana White allowed women into the UFC, he simply handed Ronda a belt. She didn’t have to compete, she didn’t have to do anything. He just said, ‘Hey, welcome to this promotion, here’s that shiny belt.’ After he gave her the belt, she had to fight Liz Carmouche. At that time, I’m on The ultimate fighter. I wasn’t fighting one person, I had to fight four people. When I emerged victorious, I was ready to face Ronda,” said Peña.
Julianna Peña added that the former RAW Women’s Champion warned her that she would win. The two women reportedly faced off, but Pena suffered a knee injury.
“Ronda said to me, ‘You’re going to give me a tougher fight than Miesha Tate could ever dream of – but when that day comes I’m still going to kick your ass. And I said to him: ‘We will see’. So, of course, I want to fight Ronda. It was a fight I was fighting before I ripped my knee [in 2014]. When I came back she lost and ran away and didn’t come back. But I have a feeling she wants to come back.”
Rowdy One’s extensive experience in combat sports has favored the 35-year-old superstar in sports entertainment. Rousey, along with Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch, created history by becoming the first female to compete in the WrestleMania main event in a triple threat match for the RAW and SmackDown Women’s Championships.
Ronda Rousey aims to become the new SmackDown Women’s Champion
After making her in-ring debut at WrestleMania 34, Ronda Rousey won the RAW Women’s Championship by defeating Alexa Bliss at SummerSlam 2018. She was the second longest reigning Women’s Champion for 133 days before dropping the title to Becky. Lynch at WrestleMania. 35.
Rousey is currently in a feud with Charlotte Flair over the SmackDow Women’s Champion. Unhappy with the end of her match with The Opportunity at WrestleMania 38, the former RAW Women’s Champion wanted a rematch. They will face off in an “I Quit” match at the upcoming WrestleMania: Backlash with the title on the line.
Before that, Rousey is set to face Flair in a Beat the Clock ‘I Quit’ Challenge match on SmackDown this week. Thanks to their historic rivalry dating back to 2018, the two know their in-ring abilities and wrestling styles, and the upcoming match could be a slugfest.
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