Julianna Pena Would Like To Have A Match With Ronda Rousey

Julianna PenaWomen’s bantamweight champion Julianna Pena already has a few names she has been throwing around for her upcoming title defense. Ronda Rousey is now on that short list, as she would love to bring the former UFC champion out of retirement for a grudge match. Rousey has not fought inside the UFC since her comeback […]

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Women’s bantamweight champion Julianna Pena already has a few names she has been throwing around for her upcoming title defense.

Ronda Rousey is now on that short list, as she would love to bring the former UFC champion out of retirement for a grudge match. Rousey has not fought inside the UFC since her comeback fight against former champion Amanda Nunes. Nunes made quick work of Rousey in her comeback, as she TKO’d her in the first round.

Pena and Rousey’s rivalry dates back to Pena’s time on ‘The Ultimate Fighter’. She was on the 18th season of the ‘The Ultimate Fighter’. Pena was on team Miesha Tate, who was the opposing coach to Rousey. Pena and Tate were close on the show, making Rousey dislike Pena as well, since she also didn’t like Tate.

Julianna Pena had a lot to say about Ronda Rousey in an interview with the NY Post.

“She really had a tough time getting along with me on The Ultimate Fighter. She didn’t like me at all because I was friends with Miesha Tate. She wasn’t the nicest. It would be amazing to pull Ronda Rousey back out of retirement,” Peña said. “It would be great to have her come back to UFC and fight again.”

Rousey has been out of the UFC since 2016 and lost her last two fights to Nunes and Holly Holm. She was a pioneer for women’s MMA and was the most dominant women’s fighter for many years. She started her professional MMA career 12-0, with 11 first round finishes.

Pena on the other hand just defeated Nunes in one of the biggest upsets in MMA history. Mostly everyone had Nunes beating Pena and many analysts and fans alike believe that Nunes is the greatest women’s fighter of all time. Pena is eyeing up a few fighters for her first title defense, but a rematch against Nunes is most likely what makes the most sense. Rousey coming out of retirement is a stretch, as she has recently had a baby with her husband and former UFC fighter Travis Browne.

Would you like to see Rousey and Pena face-off in a match?

Peña Would Love To Bring Ronda Rousey Out Of Retirement For Grudge Match

Julianna Peña is already sorting out opponents for her championship reign.

It has been just one month since Julianna Peña became UFC bantamweight champion, but she is already making a list of possible opponents. The top name on her dream list is a …

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Julianna Peña is already sorting out opponents for her championship reign.

It has been just one month since Julianna Peña became UFC bantamweight champion, but she is already making a list of possible opponents. The top name on her dream list is a well-known name, but no longer in the UFC. Peña has a desire to lure Ronda Rousey back from retirement to settle an old score between them.

Peña got her start in the UFC as a member of The Ultimate Fighter Season 18. That season was coached by Rousey and Miesha Tate. Peña was a member of Tate’s team and also a friend of hers. Throughout the season, there was a lot of hatred between the coaches and Peña. Being friendly with Tate, Peña took some of that hate from Rousey as well.

“She really had a tough time getting along with me on The Ultimate Fighter,” Peña told The NY Post. “She didn’t like me at all because I was friends with Miesha Tate. She wasn’t the nicest.”

Rousey has a very successful run as the champion of the bantamweight division but hung up her gloves back in 2016. After a short time with the WWE, Rousey is now out of combat sports and raising a family. That doesn’t stop Peña from calling her out though. She would welcome a shot at that former champ if she ever got the itch to return.

“It would be amazing to pull Ronda Rousey back out of retirement,” She said. “It would be great to have her come back to UFC and fight again.”

Peña is just beginning her run as the 135-pound champion and has already done something Rousey could not, beat Amanda Nunes. Peña is not holding out for Rousey at this time but she is still holding a grudge.

“I don’t know that she’ll recall this because she ended up getting taken out by her entire team,” Peña said. “But when we won ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ and got out of the house, she told me that, ‘You’re gonna give me a tougher fight than Miesha Tate, but when that day comes I’m still gonna kick your ass….’ I kind of said to her, ‘We’ll see.”

Would you like to see Ronda Rousey return to the UFC and face Julianna Peña?

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(Archives) Rogan: Rousey Needs “Massive Overhaul” To Beat Holm (2016)

Six years ago today, we covered Joe Rogan breaking down what would be needed in order for Ronda Rousey to defeat Holly Holm after her lopsided loss at UFC 193. Once a believer that Rousey could defeat half of the men’s bantamweight roster and Floyd Ma…

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Six years ago today, we covered Joe Rogan breaking down what would be needed in order for Ronda Rousey to defeat Holly Holm after her lopsided loss at UFC 193. Once a believer that Rousey could defeat half of the men’s bantamweight roster and Floyd Mayweather, after witnessing “Rowdy’s” first MMA loss, Rogan’s tone shifted.

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Headline: Joe Rogan Says Rousey Needs “Massive Overhaul” If She Wants To Beat Holm In Rematch

Author: Matt Boone

While there is still a lot of talk about the fight after the fact, it is UFC commentator Joe Rogan who continues to be the most vocal about the potential rematch between Ronda Rousey and UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Holly Holm.

Rogan recently spoke with BloodyElbow.com and said Rousey needs to replace Edmond Tarverdyan.

“Ronda’s got to go to a camp that has the full arsenal,” Rogan told Stephie Haynes of Bloody Elbow. “She’s got to go to a Firas Zahabi or a Matt Hume, or someone like that, in my opinion. If I was talking to her, that’s what I would tell her. I’d say, ‘You can’t just train with a judo coach and Edmond holds the pads for you.’

“Edmond has definitely done some great things for her boxing technique, that can’t be denied. Her combinations when she hits the pads are very impressive, but there are other elements that come with striking. It’s not just about throwing your hands and having the technique look good.”

Rogan elaborated, explaining why he feels Rousey needs a “massive overhaul” if she wants to have a chance at winning her title back from the former multiple-time women’s boxing champion.

“I think she needs someone who will objectively assess her game as an outsider, not someone like Edmond, who trained her from the beginning with mitts; she needs someone else, as well. She needs someone who is going to be able to look at the big picture of her overall MMA game, and then rebuild.

“She’s gonna need a massive overhaul. When we talk about MMA being high level problem solving, Holly Holm solved the problem. She had all the answers and she got a f*cking A+.”

Rogan, who juggles a stand-up comedy career with his UFC announcing duties, knows what it takes to make it in both worlds. The biggest factor that allows him to be both a celebrity and fight announcer is the fact that he doesn’t have three or four month camps and an insane amount of media obligations for his UFC announcing gigs. It is this reason why Rogan insists “Rowdy” Ronda needs to decide whether she wants to be a “gigantic celebrity” or “the best fighter on the planet.”

“The other advice to Ronda Rousey is you’ve got to figure out what you want to do. Do you want to be a gigantic celebrity or do you want to be the best fighter on the planet? Because if you want to be the best fighter on the planet, you have to pursue that only. I think with this movie bullshit, she could pull it off with some of the girls with all these distractions and all this nonsense, but I don’t think they allow her the amount of resources–mental, physical, everything…all of the above–??that she’s going to need at her disposal to be the very best that she can be.

“You don’t want to be good enough, you want to be the best that you can be. I don’t think she was the best that she could be. In my eyes, she was not properly prepared for that fight, whether physically or technically.”

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(Archives) Jones: What Rousey Does Next Will Determine Legacy (2017)

After Ronda Rousey was knocked out for the second time after once being viewed as an unstoppable force, everyone in the MMA community pondered what might be next for her and where she’d go from there. That includes former light heavyweight king Jon Jo…

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After Ronda Rousey was knocked out for the second time after once being viewed as an unstoppable force, everyone in the MMA community pondered what might be next for her and where she’d go from there. That includes former light heavyweight king Jon Jones.

Rousey has not competed since the loss to Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 in 2016.

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Headline: Jon Jones On Ronda Rousey’s Loss: “What She Does Next Will Truly Determine Her Legacy”

Author: Matt Boone

Many have reacted to the second professional MMA loss UFC mega-star Ronda Rousey suffered at the hands of UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Amanda Nunes in their 48-second main event at UFC 207 this past Friday night, the latest of which is a teammate of the first woman that handed Rousey the taste of defeat, Holly Holm, as Jon “Bones” Jones has chimed in with his thoughts on the matter.

Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones, who is currently serving a one-year suspension for testing positive ahead of his scheduled rematch with Daniel Cormier at the landmark UFC 200 event in July of 2016, took to social media this weekend where he posted a series of tweets to Rousey regarding her loss to Nunes.

“My advice to Ronda [Rousey] would be to pick yourself up and try again,” wrote Jones. “I believe Rousey will be a champion for the rest of her life, even if she never wins another fight I think it’s important for Ronda to show her fans how great she truly is by displaying her courage and giving it another try.”

Jones continued, “What she does next will truly determine her legacy. I really hope she chooses to be a unbroken. Her story doesn’t have to be over here. I also still believe she beats 90% of the division. Lots of ass kicking still to be done, lots of money to be made.”

Agreeing with what has been a big part of the story coming out of both of her losses, Jones pointed to the team and coaches Rousey currently works with as something that he feels would be wise to address if she were to consider a return to the Octagon.

“Maybe she just needs to [compliment] her coach with an MMA family,” Jones continued. “Maybe she should join one of the bigger MMA teams. Being around other bad asses and constantly sharing your spotlight could be good for you [in] so many ways.”

“They can improve on your humility,” said Jones. “Constantly being humbled is never a bad thing in a sport like this.”

For video highlights of Ronda Rousey’s 48-second TKO loss to Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 from this past Friday night, click here. You can also view Jones’ tweets below. 

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Flashback To Peña Letting Rousey Know Who Was BW’s Biggest “Bully”

UFC 269 headliner Julianna Peña has never been one to bite her tongue.

Tonight, Julianna Peña will look to back up her hefty pre-fight talk when she takes on Amanda Nunes in the UFC 269 main event. One might even say that Peña has been attempting t…

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UFC 269 headliner Julianna Peña has never been one to bite her tongue.

Tonight, Julianna Peña will look to back up her hefty pre-fight talk when she takes on Amanda Nunes in the UFC 269 main event. One might even say that Peña has been attempting to bully Nunes ahead of their bout. Of course, Nunes has never been one to back down, and we saw that in the UFC 269 pre-fight press conference.

Nevertheless, Peña has always been assertive and strong-willed, even when women’s MMA was synonymous with alpha female “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey.

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In 2015, Peña came to Arianny Celeste’s defense against the “bully” Ronda Rousey, and she didn’t stop there. She returned with some more choice words for the then UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion.

During an appearance on Submission Radio in March of 2015, Peña shared her thoughts on a potential match against the former 135-pound champ.

“Where I would hold the advantage is that I would not be mentally broken before the fight ever started, which I feel is sometimes to me – in my opinion – what seems to be the case with these other women that are facing her,” said Pena.

Julianna Pena, Ronda Rousey
Julianna Pena, Ronda Rousey

“They already look dead upon arrival when they’re in the cage with her and I refuse to be shaken,” Pena continued. “I’ve been bullied my whole life and I just feel like she’s been a bully, and I feel like in the sense that I’m the bully and I’m a bigger bully than she can imagine, and I think that I would also have the advantage in the sense that I’m not afraid wherever the fight goes.”

In the same aggressive fashion that Peña called for a fight against Amanda Nunes, she was equally as vocal about potentially facing Ronda Rousey for years. However, that “battle of the bullies” never materialized.

Fortunately for us, though, the fight between Peña and Nunes has and will go down in a matter of hours at UFC 269.

Who do you think would have won a fight between Julianna Peña and Ronda Rousey?

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[ARCHIVES] Miesha Tate Takes Exception To SI’s Ronda Rousey Title

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Tonight, Miesha Tate will be competing against Ketlen Vieira in the UFC Vegas 43 main event. However, it’s no secret who her biggest career rival has been. Here is a 2015 article of Tate taking exception to Sports Illustrated namin…

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Tonight, Miesha Tate will be competing against Ketlen Vieira in the UFC Vegas 43 main event. However, it’s no secret who her biggest career rival has been. Here is a 2015 article of Tate taking exception to Sports Illustrated naming Ronda Rousey the most dominant athlete in the world.The following article is presented to you in its original, unaltered form. And it is delivered to you straight from the MMA News Archives.

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UFC Women’s Bantamweight contender and longtime Ronda Rousey rival Miesha Tate is taking exception to Sports Illustrated naming Rousey the “most dominant athlete in sports.”

“Cupcake” Tate was quick to point out the fact that Rousey only won a bronze medal in Judo in the 2008 Olympics, so in her mind, there’s at least two athletes that are more “dominant” than Rousey right there alone.

“I don’t know if that’s an accurate statement,” Tate said of Sports Illustrated calling Rousey the most dominant athlete in sports. “I think there are a lot of athletes in the world. Maybe someone who took a gold medal at the Olympics could be considered more ‘dominant’, you know?”

Tate continued, “In different sports it’s hard to compare because we have a fighting sport, versus someone who maybe does swimming or something,” said Tate. “An athlete is still an athlete so it’s hard to compare the apples and the oranges because they’re different things, so I don’t know if I agree entirely on that.”

Miesha Tate returns to the Octagon to face Jessica Eye in the co-main event of the UFC On FOX 16 event, which takes place on Saturday, July 25, 2015 at the Allstate Arena in Chicago, Illinois.

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