“It used to be a snooze fest,” Peña acknowledged on Monday’s episode of “The MMA Hour” with Ariel Helwani. “I was no longer impressed. I was no longer impressed with their performances, as my friend Georges St-Pierre likes to declare. … It used to be all over exact a total disappointment, nonetheless it doesn’t matter due to the breaking recordsdata is we might maybe per chance be fighting for the exact belt this summer season, coming at you to a theatre near you.”
Peña (11-5 MMA, 7-3 UFC) claims she used to be in the muse equipped to be piece of the vacant 135-pound championship bout after Amanda Nunes retired from MMA in June. Wretchedness avoided her from accepting, so she had to be a observe as Pennington (16-8 MMA, 13-5 UFC) outlasted Bueno Silva over the route of 5 rounds for a unanimous resolution victory at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto.
It didn’t interact prolonged after Pennington had the belt wrapped around her waist to demand a matchup with Peña, which she’s wished for some time.
“That relationship exact goes wait on to 2013 after we had been both wait on in ‘The Final Fighter,’” Pennington acknowledged at the UFC 297 post-combat recordsdata conference. “Let’s exact speak I realized Julianna’s personality then, and it’s create of a form of the set you discontinuance your contrivance, and I’ll discontinuance mine, however you assemble beneath my damn pores and skin. I’ve been wanting forward to that combat for 13 years – whether the title is on the line or no longer.”
Peña, 34, heard the feedback from Pennington, 35, and he or she used to be amused while detailing the genesis of one of the most necessary complications between them.
“It exact cracks because of to me, it’s like, you sound delusional,” Peña acknowledged. “First off I’ve obtained to declare I love me, some me. I’m never going to accept as true with that after she says that, ‘You skedaddle your contrivance and I’m going mine.’ Certain, you’re just appropriate. I’m going my contrivance (up) and you skedaddle yours (down). And the contrivance in which that I’m going is a hit ‘The Final Fighter’ and a hit the championship.
“After we had been living inside of the house, she used to be asserting up so tiring with Shayna Baszler till three, four o’clock in the morning and in ‘The Final Fighter’ house you assemble to practice twice a day with basically the most efficient of us in the world. Daily you assemble to practice two times inside of the gymnasium. Properly she used to be staying up so tiring, and he or she used to be dozing above me in the bunk bed, that she would miss her first practice and he or she would never terminate to first practice. So I’m out here grinding two times a day, making basically the most out of my alternatives in recount that I will turn out to be ‘The Final Fighter’ while she’s dozing. We’re going reverse ways all just appropriate. I’m grinding and extending and you’re no longer doing the relaxation, exact say material with dozing and being a being a bump on the log. It’s no longer my fault that you’ve been waiting 10 years to assemble this combat.”
Peña acknowledged she’s already began to grasp with the UFC brass just a few title showdown with Pennington, and is assured this might maybe most likely terminate to fruition for June or July. “The Venezuelan Vixen” acknowledged she hopes Pennington enjoys her time with the belt till then, because of her days on top are numbered.
“I in truth am blissful for her and her profession and all the pieces like that. But it’s going to be short-lived. It’s no longer going to be being this champion for seven years. That’s no longer the case, unfortunately. She’s already speaking about retiring and going into her retirement being a family man. Let me fabricate the honors and kick you into retirement, Raquel.”
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