Julianna Peña preparing for UFC 277

UFC 277 will be led by Spokane’s own Julianna Peña, who will have a rematch with Amanda Nunes for the bantamweight title.

CHICAGO — UFC 277 will be refereed by Spokane resident Julianna Peña. It will be a rematch of UFC 269 between Peña and Amanda Nunes for the bantamweight title.

“This is the most important fight of my life,” Peña said. “It’s how you cement your legacy. This is how you begin to build that legacy. That’s the kind of stuff that puts you in the Hall of Fame.”

The Venezuelan vixen sits atop Mount Everest in the UFC, but the defending bantamweight champion still plays the role of underdog.

“You know, it’s funny, they say that I hold the title and that I’m obviously the champion. But if the odds are up, I’ll most likely still be the underdog,” Peña said.

A role she’s more than comfortable with, Peña pulled off one of the biggest upsets in UFC history by submitting Nunes for the title at UFC 269. Now she’s ready to prove it wasn’t a fluke.

“People are still counting me out. People still doubt me. People still say it was a coincidence and that she had a bad night, this, that, and the other. They have every excuse in the book for why I won,” Peña said. “So my whole premise behind wanting to do the rematch was just to solidify that I’m here to stay, that this is my time , this is my era. The Amanda era is over. This is now the era of Julianna Peña.”

As with any major title fight rematch, there has been some drama since the two were last in the Octagon.

After UFC 269, reports surfaced that Amanda Nunes claimed to have dealt with knee injuries before the fight.

“I’ve had two knee surgeries, one on each knee. You know I’ve never choked unconscious you know when ‘oh it was because of my knees’ you know what I mean? You have to say whatever you can to motivate yourself to pump up and sleep at night so you can say, “Yeah, it was my knees, and next time I’ll do it.” You have to say whatever you have to say, and I understand that,” Peña said.

Peña and Nunes have also competed as the two trainers on ESPN’s Ultimate Fighter. Plenty of time together to add to the excitement, but Peña remains focused on her career.

“My intentions with her will come on July 30th. Supposedly on July 30th we will spend 25 minutes together again in the octagon. That will turn out in the future. In fighting game we are fighters. I don’t need this gigantic hostility,” Peña said.

Staying on top is all she has in mind.

“It’s my life’s work. I’ve been doing this for 13 years, it shouldn’t be at the bottom of the list, it should be at the top of the mountain,” Peña said. “It’s different at the top of the mountain. My job is to make sure that anyone who tries to climb it is pushed off.”

Peña is offering her fans the opportunity to be a part of her journey to UFC 277 with an NFT offer starting Monday. NFT owners will get a behind-the-scenes look leading up to the big fight on July 30th. An NFT owner will have the chance to join the Peña Cade team at UFC 277 in Dallas.

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Emma Bowman

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