Former UFC female bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey will make her return to the Octagon to challenge current champion Amanda Nunes. However, Julianna Pena, winner of the first women’s “Ultimate Fighter” season in 2013 is not happy with the December 30 comeback of Rousey.
It took Rousey, who was formerly unbeatable in her weight division until a head kick by former boxer Holly Holm November last year caused a lot of changes in the UFC. Since then, the title has twice changed hands with the champion losing the belt on their next fight to the challenger.
Following Holm’s unexpected win, her reign was short-lived because she could not wait more than six months for Rousey to recover from injuries she gave the ex-champ for a rematch. Holm accepted the challenge from Miesha Tate at UFC 196, and lost her title in the fifth round.
However, the belt did not stay with Tate for long as she lost it to Amanda Nunes at UFC 200. Among the MMA fighters who were itching to grab the crown from Nunes were Pena and Cris “Cyborg” Justino.
However, with the UFC’s announcement on Sunday that Rousey’s highly-anticipated comeback would be held at the Las Vegas T-Mobile arena, Julianna Pena threatened to quit the promotion over allegations of special treatment given to Rousey.
Pena commented: “Never in the history have I ever heard of somebody have a no-controversy brutal knockout, then quit the sport, and then comeback and get a title shot right away. The girl is mentally weak and Amanda Nunes is going to [expletive] knock her out and expose her ass. She’s literally the worst fighter on the roster, and I can’t stomach the fact that I’m not getting the title shot.”
And if Rousey were to win back the title, UFC President Dana White has suggested that she would defend the crown from challenger Justino, further causing Pena to fume.