It was huge night for Julianna Pena at the TUF 18 Finale, as the bantamweight quickly took Jessica Rakoczy to the mat, and finished the fight with a barrage of strikes from above. While after the bout Pena was naturally asked about becoming “The Ultimate Fighter”, not surprisingly, the 24 year-old was also asked about recent comments she directed at opposing coach Ronda Rousey.
If you missed, just a couple of days ago, Pena said that she thinks Rousey is “pretentious” and a “spoiled brat.” So what did the 24 year-old have to say about “Rowdy” last night in Las Vegas? Have a look (comments via MMA Fighting.com):
“Whether Ronda has one penny or $10 million, the point I was trying to make there is she has her nose in the air and she acts like she’s better than everyone else,” Pena said. “She went on the show being like, ‘I’m Team Real Mean versus Fake Nice.’ Well if she was so real, why didn’t she tell me that I didn’t deserve to breathe the same air as Shayna Baszler? Why didn’t see tell me that to my face instead of saying it on camera behind my back?
“It’s her arrogance. It’s the way she holds herself, like her s–t don’t stink. That was the point I was trying to make. It doesn’t have anything to do with money. It’s the way that she acts.”
Clearly winning a six figure contract with the UFC hasn’t changed Pena’s mind about the promotion’s women’s bantamweight champ. It should be noted that prior to last night’s fight, Rakoczy stook up for Rousey, by saying Pena hadn’t seen the other, kinder side of the champion.
If Pena can score some big wins in early 2014, you have to wonder if a rivalry with Rousey could really kick off. Of course, that would likely require Pena to be in title contention, and when asked what it will take to reach that point, the bantamweight stated:
“I’m probably like two or three fights away,” Pena said. “Maybe one. Maybe they’ll put me up against the next champ right after this. Who knows? It’s not my decision.”
Next up for Rousey is a second scrap with Miesha Tate, which will go down December 28th at UFC 168 in Las Vegas.