- UFC champion Julianna Pena called Ronda Rousey “old news” and “kind of a joke” on Monday.
- Pena also issued a challenge to Rousey to come back and finally try to redeem herself after her two knockout losses.
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Current UFC women’s bantamweight champion Julianna Pena was the first woman to win The Ultimate Fighter. Pena was a member of Miesha Tate’s team which competed against Ronda Rousey’s squad during that season of the show.
Miesha Tate and Ronda Rousey are sworn enemies, this we know. What many did not know, until now, is that apparently Julianna Pena is also not a big fan of the rowdy one.
Julianna Pena calls out Ronda Rousey for the way she quit the sport of MMA
“Ronda is so old news, right?” Pena told The MMA Hour on Monday. “I think that what’s incredible about her is that she opened up the door and was destroying people in 10 seconds, and became a star because she was demolishing people in the first round, and that’s great — but she got knocked out twice and never came back. So how legit is she?
“She had to go to pro wrestling. And I get that and I think that that’s great. But as a fighter and somebody who is competitive, I know that — deep down — it probably truly bothers her, the fact that she went away off of two knockout losses and never came back to make her name good,” Pena continued.
“If it really truly does bother her and if it gets under her skin at the end of the day to know that, you know, her legacy is kind of ruined by the fact that she never came back and never got back on the horse, then I would like to invite her to please come back — and if she would like to come back, I would welcome her with open arms.”
Pena, 32, continued to call out the 35-year-old one-time UFC women’s bantamweight champion and one-time Strikeforce women’s bantamweight champion.
“That’s what I’m saying, she’s kind of a joke in the MMA world now, because she’s a — what is the word? — sellout. Like, a little bit of a sellout there. I mean, I guess I understand, right? It’s like, pro wrestling is fake, you get paid millions of dollars, I get it. But for me, for real s–t, for like the ‘you’re the real, real deal,’ I would say that that’s in the UFC. And if she ever wants any of that real smoke, I’m ready.”
Many MMA fans do, in fact, want that smoke…
I am absolutely positive that she couldn't beat a single fighter in the top 15 now.
the game caught up with her and passed her by.
She was smart to take up acting (wrestling)
— Visionary (@GregoryJBoucha2) April 5, 2022
It’s kind of true , she left hella bitter since she didn’t know how to be humble in defeat , and besides meisha , “I’ll give her that one” she fought a bunch of girls that weren’t that good and as soon as she faced some real skill in holly and Amanda she got wrecked. Facts!
— markreynoso91 (@markreynoso91) April 4, 2022
Ronda after hearing Pena's remarks... pic.twitter.com/XvwZxNWULn
— Jay Kris (@Jay_Kris12) April 5, 2022
Imagine calling the person who is literally the reason you’re able to call yourself UFC Champion a joke cause you wanna try to get paid lol I would literally publicly refuse if I was Ronda and my reasoning would be “I’m too rich to fight you” 😂
— The Gonz (@OneMoreSpot) April 5, 2022
Nice statement but you’re wrong. Gina Carano put eyes on women in mma. Ronda took it to new heights but Gina is the O. Julianna will lose her rematch, she is awesome but not great.
— RockLanding (@Bern1Fortune) April 5, 2022
Everyone is looking at this all wrong! Shes just trying to “poke the bear” to hopefully bring her out of retirement! How many other girls are calling/talking about Ronda? If she came out what do you think those numbers will look like?…🧐🤔
— actionjackson (@coreygj) April 5, 2022