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Julianna Pena explains lack of trash talk at Amanda Nunes on The Ultimate Fighter 30: ‘Why kick a dog when it’s down?’

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Julianna Peña has an epic rematch with Amanda Nunes ahead of her, and that’s all she needs.

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The UFC bantamweight champion puts her title on the line against Nunes — the woman she defeated in a spectacular upset at UFC 269 last December — on July 30 at UFC 277 in Dallas. Peña and Nunes coached the opponents. Ultimate Fighter 30currently airing on ESPN+.

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In a recent interview with MMA Fighting, Nunes wondered why Peña doesn’t seem to be interested in trash talking while filming the show. In response, Peña said MMA Mania that she didn’t feel the need to rub salt in the wound after beating The Lioness in the octagon.

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“All the other things she said, like, oh, I didn’t say shit and I was trying to make people want to like me or something, I’m like, no, I did the show before that, so I’m kind of like I know how the production is going,” Peña said. “But with that said, I already defeated you. You weren’t turned in, you weren’t stopped, you had the title of GOAT and you got embarrassed and you got so upset that you fired your whole team. You left the gym where you were 10 years old. You need to see a sports psychologist. Like, why kick a dog when it lies? It’s just not my style, it’s not my character, and I already know how much it hurt her. I’m not trying to rub salt in the wounds. She wants me to burn down the church too, which seems like a good thing, you know what I mean? I’ve already spoken in the ring. I really have nothing more to say.

“Not to mention, if you watch the season, I’ll kill her!” Peña continued. “They can’t put a couple of wins together to save their life, she just literally doesn’t win the show. What else do you want me to say? I feel bad. Not to say that I’m going to hold back by any means in the rematch, but it’s just [that] I don’t want to be this cocky, arrogant jerk that I just tease you all the time while you’re down. I’m just not like that. Most people would be grateful, but she wants me to piss her off.”

After the first eight episodes TUF 30Peña had the advantage over Nunes in the quarter-finals, with five of her fighters advancing to the next round against Nunes’ three.

Another question Peña brought to the attention is why her approach to their pre-fight fight is so different from how she handles the rematch prep. Peña pressed on with Nunes, who was in the midst of a six-year unbeaten streak, but insists she was more focused on promoting herself than beating her opponent.

“She thinks that I did or said shit, but for me it wasn’t,” Peña said. “I have legitimately spoken my truth about everything that has happened to me in my career. When I said that she promised to fight me at UFC 200 and that this fight had been brewing for five years, she might have thought it was nonsense, but that’s what happened in my career when she said she would fight me and then chose to fight someone else and choose to fight someone else and choose to fight someone else, multiple times.

“I’m not talking shit, I’m just shedding light on what happened to me and my career. So she said that I was talking nonsense, but everything I said was actually a fact and something that was a fact for me, my career and how it ended for me. So I didn’t say shit, it was my truth.”

For her part, Peña seemed to have ignored any attempts by Nunes to dislike her on the show. However, she resents the way Nunes handled her championship loss, blaming Nunes for not giving her enough attention.

“That’s insulting,” Peña said. “She literally doesn’t believe this happened. She doesn’t want to admit that it happened. She wants to come up with every possible excuse so that she can tell herself and sleep at night that this is not the reality of what happened so that it can lift her up in the morning so she can go and perform next time. and next round. So she doesn’t believe this happened, she doesn’t accept it, and it’s insulting because I did everything I promised.

“I said I was going to do it, and then I went out and did it, and you still disagree. Ownership is nine tenths of the law, this belt is mine, so go get it. Do you want it? Do you want me to drop my swords? Come and take them. I’m ready.”



Source: www.mmafighting.com

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