Juliana Pena is preparing to headline her first ever UFC event tonight when she faces Valentina Shevchenko at UFC On Fox 23. Pena has also been critical of former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey.
“What I’m here to do it prove I’m the best fighter in the world,” Pena said to MMA Fighting. “Ronda doesn’t have the belt anymore. Amanda Nunes does. Beating Ronda does not prove to the world that I’m the best fighter, so I have no time for that right now. I’m going to beat Valentina and then I’m going to fight Amanda and show everyone who’s the best.”
Pena added that she thinks Ronda has a huge flaw in her game, something that was exposed in her fights with Amanda Nunes and Holly Holm.
“I predicted a first-round knockout,” Pena said. “I saw it coming. Ronda doesn’t like being punched in the face nothing is going to change that. Don’t be afraid of her takedowns, go in close and hit her and hit her again and again. We don’t even know if she’s going to come back so I can’t think too much about Ronda right now. But yeah, if the fight came up at the right time of course I’d still take it.”
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