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After a cat scratch, a trilogy fight? Pena calls for a trilogy fight with Nunes

When Julianna Pena defeated Amanda Nunes to win the women’s Bantamweight title at UFC 269 in December 2021, she declared the end of the “Nunes Era” and the beginning of the “Pena Era.” Unfortunately, it did not last long. Nunes returned with a vengeance seven months later, battering Pena across five rounds to reclaim her “champ-champ” status (watch highlights here).
Pena was allegedly disfigured, and UFC President Dana White stated that she would need a plastic surgeon to repair the damage caused by “The Lioness.” However, reports of her disfigurement were exaggerated. Pena provided an update on her health and spirits in a statement released on social media by “The Venezuelan Vixen.”
“Tougher than a $2 steak,” Pena wrote on Instagram. “Thank you for your support, everyone!” It was just a cat scratch that required a few stitches; no chunks were missing, and no surgery was required. I adore you all! We’re now 1-1 in the #peopleschamp #trilogy #penavsnunes3 #lfg.”

As you can see, Pena continues to refer to herself as “The People’s Champion,” and she is also calling for a trilogy fight with Nunes. Given Nunes’ “dominant” performance over Pena in their rematch, White didn’t seem interested in setting up that fight.
“I thought it was completely dominant,” he said at the post-fight press conference for UFC 277. “In the first two rounds, there were five knockdowns…. There is a significant distinction between submission attempts and knockdowns. It’s in no way comparable.”
While he did not explicitly state that he wanted to make another fight between Nunes and women’s Flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko, he did imply that it would be a wise decision.
“That’s not a bad idea,” White agreed. “Usually, I’d say, ‘Come on, man.’ That is a good idea. When you think about it, I mean, really. “I’m not saying yes, but it’s not a bad idea.”
So, if Pena wants to end things with a trilogy fight, she’ll have to claw her way back into the top spot in the women’s 135-pound division.

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