‘‘Put her in the hospital’’: Julianna Pena sends stern warning to Amanda Nunes ahead of UFC 289 title bout

Amanda Nunes will defend her bantamweight title this weekend on June 10th as she takes on Irene Aldana in a five-round main event bout at UFC 289. Initially, Julianna Pena was Amanda’s opponent as the two rivals were set to fight in a trilogy bout at the Rogers Arena in Canada, Vancouver. However, Pena suffered a late injury that led to her pulling out from the trilogy bout.

Julianna Pena reminds Amanda Nunes of their head-to-head record ahead of UFC 289

Julianna Pena, Valentina Shevchenko, Charles Jourdain, and John Alessio sat down in front of fans and media for a Q&A in Vancouver, Canada ahead of the highly awaited UFC 289 PPV. The panel discussed several topics and had a good Q&A session with fans.

Julianna Pena vs Amanda Nunes
During this presser, Julianna warned Amanda by stating that their rivalry is not over as their head-to-head record is one win each. Moreover, the former bantamweight champion also reminded The Lioness that she is the only fighter to have put her in the hospital.

“I think I saw in a clip, she said, ‘I can kick her ass anytime I want.’ Except for the time that you couldn’t and that it really counted? So I really don’t know what she’s talking about. As far as I’m concerned, we’re 1-1 and I actually have a leg up on her because I was not stopped, I was not finished, I was never down and out,” said Pena.

“She did not stop me. I was able to stop her, I was able to put her in the hospital, and nobody else can say that. I said on [The MMA Hour] that she was one foot out the door already and that she was already planning her retirement and going off into the sunset and not if I have my way. Absolutely not. I’m not done with her. This is unfinished business,” she added.

How many times has Amanda Nunes defended her UFC titles?

Amanda Nunes made her UFC debut in 2013 and took the women’s bantamweight division by storm. She won five of her first six fights and challenged Miesha Tate for the women’s bantamweight title. The Lioness brutally annihilated Tate and won the belt via knockout. 

Thereafter there was seemingly no stopping the Brazilian fighter as she defended her belt on three occasions before moving up to the featherweight division. During the course, Nunes defeated the likes of Ronda Rousey, Valentina Shevchenko, and Raquel Pennington. Amanda made history as she became the first women’s double champ by defeating Cristiane Justino at UFC 232 in 2018.

Following her featherweight title win, she returned to the bantamweight division to handle business and defended her throne twice Holly Holm and Germaine De Randamie. Speaking about her title defenses, The Lioness has successfully defended her bantamweight title five times and has retained her featherweight title twice.

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