Ronda Rousey (12-0) will fight Holly Holm (9-0) in the next UFC pay-per-view, UFC 193 in the middle of November. However could the UFC be lining up her next opponent?
The Ultimate Fighter 18 winner and winner over Jessica Eye this past weekend, Julianna Pena (7-2) maybe primed for a golden opportunity. She lobbied for a potential fight at the UFC 192 post fight press conference.
“I’m a little disappointed, for several reasons,” she told the media at the post-fight press conference. “I had a couple of injuries that I wasn’t too happy about coming into this fight. I feel like if I was at 100 percent, then you definitely would’ve seen a finish. You would’ve seen me capitalize a lot more.
“I got a little greedy in the fight,” she continued. “I changed from a short choke to a full rear naked choke and back to a short choke again and didn’t sit in on my guillotine and let it roll through when that’s what I was planning on doing the whole time.”
“Not getting those finishes cost me. I’m here to say that if I would’ve been able to pull that off, you guys definitely would’ve seen a finish. I’ll go get it next time. A win’s a win, so I’m happy with that, but at the same time, I’m a little disappointed I couldn’t walk away with the finish,” she noted.
Why not look too far ahead? I did not get in this sport to be in the bottom roster. I got in this sport to let the world know I’m the toughest 135-pound female fighter in the world.
“I’m 6-0. Ronda’s 6-0,” she stated. “I don’t think that it’s out of the realm of possibility. I’m looking to be in a title shot.”
“Jessica Eye, after her loss to Miesha Tate, if she would have won, would’ve been next in line for a title shot,” Pena said.
“Why not me?”