At the post-fight press conference, UFC President Dana White confirmed to the media that Julianna Peña was sent straight to a plastic surgeon after enduring a hard 25-minutes with Amanda Nunes.
Peña fell to (11-5) in her gruelling rematch with Nunes at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. Still, Peña displayed her heart and courage to continue pushing on after suffering a one-sided beatdown for most of the fight. Peña was planted to the canvas by Nunes three times and suffered a nasty cut, opening the forehead of ‘The Venezuelan Vixen’.
Nunes’s crisp striking and accuracy took its toll on the defending champion. The damage was evident by looking at Peña’s face after five rounds. White confirmed that Peña was transferred to a plastic surgeon immediately and stated he’s uncertain about her next move. White advised Peña to take time off with her daughter and heal up.
Dana White talks Amanda Nunes vs. Juilanna Peña
“Julianna’s got a big chunk missing from her forehead,” White told the media at the UFC 277 post-fight press conference. “She’s going to see a plastic surgeon right now. (She’ll) take some time to heal, and then I don’t know. She got pretty banged up tonight. It was like five or six knockdowns in the first two rounds. She was hurt. She needs to take some time off, relax, spend some time with her daughter and then we’ll go from there.”
Despite Peña laying out her toughness for the world to see, White is under no impression that the fight was remotely close.
“I thought it was completely dominant,” White said. “There was five knockdowns in the first two rounds. There’s a big difference between submission attempts and knockdowns. They’re not even comparable. Julianna’s tough as nails and her will to win is second-to-none. She wanted to win. I think as dominant as Amanda was – and she was dominant tonight – I didn’t think it was close in any way, shape or form. It was a complete shutout.”
Juliana Pena wants the Rematch
The next day, Julianna Peña took to Instagram to clear up Dana’s remarks regarding her visit to the plastic surgeon. She also made it known that her and Nunes are now 1-1, hinting that she wants a third crack at the double champ.
“Tougher than a two dollar steak 🥩,” said Peña. “Thanks for the love everyone! Just a cat scratch that required a few stitches, no chunks missing, no surgery necessary. Love you all! We’re 1-1 now…”
With no surgery necessary, Peña seems just as hungry to heal up and get back in the octagon. The bantamweight division has never been more interesting. Only time will tell what’s next for both Peña and Nunes with UFC 278 behind us.
With Amanda Nunes making history being the first two-time double champion, what is next for the Brazilian? Can we expect a third fight with flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko?