#5 ranked UFC women’s bantamweight Julianna Pena is doing her best to secure a fight with former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey.
The former TUF 18 contestant released a video earlier this week, in which she bashed the former champ and her “fat arms”. The video certainly got Pena’s name in headlines, however she also received criticism for body shaming Rousey.
In a new interview with MMAJunkie, Pena clarified her comments, reminding fans that at one point in time, Rousey told Pena she wasn’t worthy of breathing the same air as her.
“I think a lot of people have forgotten how rude and how much of a bitch she was to me on the show and the way that she treated me personally,” Pena said. “Those are things that I don’t forget. She’s disrespected me, and she’s disrespected my coach on the show. They ask about her all the time – ‘is she coming back, is she coming back’ – and I don’t know. But I would love to introduce her back into the division if she is, because that’s been a fight that I’ve been trying to get for many years now.”
I think it was the wrong choice of words,” she said. “What was in my head didn’t come out exactly the way I wanted it to through the media. I’m not trying to call her a fat person – I was basically commenting on how the media is always asking about her, whether she’s training or not, whether she’s coming back or not, whether she’s having that giant’s babies or not, and it’s so annoying at this point that I’m just like, forget about it. The buzz has died.