Newly crowned UFC women's bantamweight champion Julianna Peña already has another belt on her mind, following her second-round submission win over Amanda Nunes at UFC 269 on Saturday night.
Peña spoke with reporters following her upset victory in the events post-fight press conference and talked about that while she's definitely open to a rematch with Nunes at any time really, she also has her eyes on other rematches with current UFC women's flyweight champion, Valentina Shevchenko, as well as former UFC women's featherweight champ Germaine de Randamie.
“I would like to go down and rematch Valentina Shevchenko,” Peña said (h/t MMA Fighting). “I would love to get that rematch against Germaine de Randamie. I would love a rematch, if that’s what she wants, against Amanda. Right now, I just want to soak it all in. We can rematch at 135 pounds if she wants to do that, but whatever the company decides. It would be great to be a two-division champion, even to go down to 125 and face Valentina down there. Right now, I just want to soak in the moment of being a champion.”
She continued on to talk about the lack of respect people were giving her as being a credible threat to Nunes going into Saturday's bout, even talking a shot at the commentary team not knowing how to spell her name right.
“I definitely think people have been sleeping on me, and they haven’t been putting any respect on my name, giving me as much credit as I feel I deserve,” Peña said. “Whenever the commentators talk about Amanda Nunes, they’ll say everyone else’s name but mine, and they can’t even spell my name right; they don’t ever put the tilde over the ‘n.’ There’s little things where I’m like, ‘Man, can I get some respect?’ But with that being said, I wasn’t surprised. For everyone else that was sleeping, wake up, and I’m here.”