Raquel Pennington calls for summer title showdown with Julianna Pena

By Harry Kettle - February 7, 2024

UFC women’s bantamweight champion Raquel Pennington has called for a showdown with Julianna Pena.

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Last month, Raquel Pennington finally reached the top of the mountain. She defeated Mayra Bueno Silva to win the championship, completing her sensational journey to become the new face of the division. Of course, soon after, many were questioning what would be next – and the most popular answer was Julianna Pena.

That’s still the case, with the former champ making it crystal clear that she wants to go after Pennington later this year.

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The two have exchanged words back and forth for years now, dating all the way back to The Ultimate Fighter. In a recent interview, ‘Rocky’ made her feelings known as she prepares for the next chapter in her career.

Pennington goes after Pena

“At the end of the day, it’s exactly what I told Mayra when we were getting ready to fight at the press conference: we were there and she started on, but our fists are going to do the talking,” Pennington said on The MMA Hour. “It’s the same thing. You can keep running your mouth, you can keep saying all these things. I feel like Julianna has a very delusional version of our history together, but it makes it fun. It’s building a storyline, and the more she keeps talking and yapping, she’s selling things. Good for you. But at the end of the day, our fists are going to talk and I’ll tell you what, this is a fight I’ve been waiting for since 2013 and we were on The Ultimate Fighter. Somehow our time has not aligned, but obviously it’s coming, and I’m excited to finally punch her ass in the mouth. I will say that.

“I don’t know why she thinks she calls the shots,” Pennington said. “I’m the champion. She’s talking June or July, but Tecia’s got some exciting news, coming back, and so it’s her focus now. That’s kind of where I’m at. I do want some time off. I want to be able to spend some time with my family, with Alayah. Tecia really held down the fort through this whole camp, and so now I just want to be Mama Bear. I want to hang out with daughter and let Tecia do her thing. So I’m thinking probably not until at least August or September, or maybe even later than that. We’ll see.”

Quotes via MMA Fighting

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