Julianna Pena, the No.4-ranked UFC women’s pound-for-pound fighter recently shocked the world of MMA when she was able to get a victory via submission against Amanda Nunes. With the win she claimed the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship at UFC 269 in December 2021. She recently claimed that the legendary Chuck Liddell bashed women’s mixed martial arts during the UFC 266 co-main event. Julianna Pena was previously embarrassed by UFC fans at hotel.
Julianna Pena opens up on Chuck Liddell
Speaking on The Joe Rogan Experience MMA Show, Pena revealed that Liddell didn’t make a very good first impression in September last year but was “so pleasant” during their second meeting a few days ago. She divulged that the former UFC star made some negative comments on women’s MMA but later on changed his outlook on it:
“I actually sat next to Chuck Liddell for the [UFC 270] fight on Saturday. But I didn’t know how to feel… Two/three [PPVs] ago [at UFC 266], I sat behind him and it was the first time I had ever seen him. Valentina [Shevchenko] was fighting Lauren Murphy and he was just like not happy. He was like women’s fighting is [bad]. I was like you’re breaking my heart, Chuck! He was like that the whole fight… I sat next to him the last time and I was trying to give him a chance [to take back that statement]. You know the second time meeting him was so pleasant,” said Pena.
Shevchenko made her sixth successful women’s flyweight title defense against Murphy via TKO in the fourth round. ‘Bullet’ currently occupies the No.1 spot in the UFC women’s pound-for-pound rankings. It has been noted that UFC president Dana White claimed that the rematch between Julianna Pena and Amanda Nunes would be the biggest women’s fight in the history of women’s MMA. ‘The Lioness’ is expected to get an immediate rematch considering all her achievements inside the octagon.