Dana White: Pena’s Injury Worst In MMA History, Male Teammate Assaulted Her

January 30, 2014 5:23 pm by Jim Chadwick

By now you’ve probably heard about the devastating knee injury TUF champion Julianna Pena suffered during training, in which her ACL, MCL, LCL, meniscus and hamstring were torn.

What you probably did not hear, however, is what caused it.

During the UFC 169 media scrum, Dana White explained what he heard firsthand from Pena, and – if this turns out to be true – it’s a disgusting moment in the sport of MMA.

MMAFighting’s Chuck Mindenhal has the transcript

It’s the worst injury I’ve ever heard of, ever, in this sport, and you hear about those types of injuries in football. Apparently, when she came into the gym — and again, she was hysterical when I talked to her, crying — she was training in her gym and one of her training partners, a guy, was saying to her, ‘oh, you’re wearing your Ultimate Fighter shirt, we’re real scared.’ He says that and was talking smack to her and then basically attacked her.”

He jumped on her back, started cranking her neck, and the way she fell her knee blew out. The most disgusting thing I’ve ever heard in my life. A year-and-a-half to two years she’ll be out, and I told her to leave that disgusting gym and go somewhere else with new coaches, new training partners, whatever. And that’s all I know.”

Dana wasn’t sure if the male training partner was a pro or an amateur. He only knows that it was definitely “a guy“.

Ariel Helwani asked Dana if this would be considered an assult.

It sounds like assault to me, but how do you consider it assault in a gym? You know what I mean?”

Afterwards, Helwani informed Dana of what Rick Little – SIK-JITSU’S coach – had to say about what transpired at the gym.

That’s so far from the story she told me right after she was completely hysterical and crying, completely opposite,” he said. “Completely different story from what she told me. Somewhere in the middle lies the truth.”


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