Juliana Pena will be headlining her first ever UFC event this Saturday Night, as she battles Valentina Shevchenko at UFC On Fox 23. Shevchenko did defeat former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Holly Holm, whom Pena is not to high on.
“She beat the Buster Douglas of MMA,” Pena told MMA Fighting. “So what? Buster Douglas had his one moment against Mike Tyson and then he lost every other big fight he was in. Holly, she had her moment against Ronda, she beat Ronda, and now they’re giving her another title fight even though she lost two fights in a row. Who else did she beat besides Ronda? No one. She’s this sport’s Buster Douglas.”
Pena also wasn’t to thrilled with the method in which Shevchenko defeated Holm in 2016.
“It was little pitter-patter point fighting,” Pena said. “It wasn’t exciting. Holly just wants to outpoint people like she did as boxer and Valentina was just better at it that night. She does that too, she goes for points, and she was better at it than Holly.”
UFC On Fox 23 takes place on Saturday, January 28 from the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado with Juliana Pena and Valentina Shevchenko headlining.