Julianna Pena releases statement after UFC on ESPN 16 loss: ‘I will hold my head up high’

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Julianna Pena releases statement after UFC on ESPN 16 loss: ‘I will hold my head up high’




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Julianna Pena will not be deterred following a crushing loss to Germaine de Randamie on Saturday at UFC on ESPN 16.

In a crucial fight for the women’s bantamweight division, Pena (9-4 MMA, 5-2 UFC) suffered a stunning third-round submission loss to the former champion de Randamie (10-4 MMA, 7-2 UFC) in their matchup, which took place at Flash Forum at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi.

It was arguably an even fight after two rounds, but then Pena got sloppy in pursuit of a takedown and caught in a guillotine choke. It’s not an attack anyone has come to expect out of de Randamie, but she committed to it, and managed to put Pena all the way out cold.

“The Ultimate Fighter 18” winner is taking the outcome in stride. She released a statement hours after suffering her defeat and said she needs to come back stronger in order to be an example for her young daughter, and hopes to do it soon (via , , , News, UFC

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